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St Albans Clock Tower

High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL, England
+44 1727 751810
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Saw wonder

Lovely family visit. Really enjoyed, recommend cheese Board. Only frustration is the website slows... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
145mrsr
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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Historic clock in the centre of town

You can’t miss this clock if you are walking around town and it is a great example of historic town... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barry B
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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Built between 1403 and 1412, the Clock Tower is the only medieval town belfry in England and is designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The tower with its fine bell has survived over 600 years of use. The Clock Tower was first and foremost a political statement. The townspeople used it to assert their freedom, power and wealth in the face of the premier Benedictine Abbey of England (now St Albans Cathedral). The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between approximately 10.30am and 5pm. Last admission 4.45pm. It is also sometimes open on other special occasions like Heritage Open Days (September), the Food & Drink Festival (September) and the Christmas Lights switch-on (December). Admission: Adults: £1. Children: free. Unfortunately the Clock Tower is not wheelchair or buggy accessible or for those who experience claustrophobia. The climb up to the top is via 93 very narrow and steep steps.
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“worth the climb” (18 reviews)
“focal point” (7 reviews)
“medieval town” (6 reviews)
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High Street, St Albans AL3 4EL, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely family visit. Really enjoyed, recommend cheese Board. Only frustration is the website slows to a stop once a month when non members allowed to book.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can’t miss this clock if you are walking around town and it is a great example of historic town building It is well worth seeking out, we were unable to see inside on a Sunday but suspect it would be flood fun to explore...More

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

well worth a visit to this historic building in the bustling town centre of St Albans nor always open so check first if you wish to go to the top

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the couple of quid to get to the top. Would recommend if you are visiting St Albans for the day or even a local. Lovely views over the surrounding areas.

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

This is an attractive old clock tower at the end of the High Street in St Alban's town centre. I believe it is open at times although when we were in the area it wasn't, so we weren't able to get a view from the...More

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StAlbansMuseum, Manager at St Albans Clock Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi SevenoaksSinjun, Thanks for your review. The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between approximately 10.30am and 5pm. Hope you can come back and see the view from the top...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

Regrettably I was unable to go inside when I visited st Albans on a Friday. Tower only open on weekends so didn't have the chance to see the town from above.More

Thank IAN O
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StAlbansMuseum, Manager at St Albans Clock Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Ian O, Thanks for your review. The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between approximately 10.30am and 5pm. Hope you can come back and see the view from the...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Something of a focal point in the Market Place, often seen with various performers or religious nutters in front at times. The view from the top is surprisingly good and well worth a look.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

there is a good view at the top nice and cheap to get in it is not open till the Easter to summer easy to find

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

This is good to look at from the outside and was built with a very interesting local stone. You can only go inside on the weekend and i think it would be excellent to

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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This 15th century clock tower in the centre of the old part is St Albans is on the site of one of the twelve Eleanor crosses erected to mark the progress of King Edward I as he took the body of wife, Queen Eleanor to...More

Thank Nicholas H
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Helen S
9 February 2015|
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Response from Mostyns | Reviewed this property |
Check the St Albans tourist website but from recollection this attraction is open weekends from Easter to September 1030am to 5pm with a few extra days like bank holidays and residents first weekend.The cost of entry this... More
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Helen S
9 February 2015|
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Response from AndyCLawrence |
The Clock Tower is open every Saturday and Sunday from Good Friday until the end of September. It is opened at 10:30 am and closes at 5pm. Cost of entry is £1 for adults and children are free
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