St Albans Clock Tower prepares for new season

St Albans mayor Frances Leonard and members of the civic society and archaelogical society.

St Albans mayor Frances Leonard and members of the civic society and archaelogical society. - Credit: Archant

St Albans’ historic Clock Tower is preparing to open for the new season.

The medieval monument is expected to have 100,000 visitors between its public opening on Friday, April 14, and closing in September.

St Albans Mayor Cllr Frances Leonard, who launched the new visitor season, said: “St Albans Clock Tower is a unique building full of character and charm.

“Come and climb to the top on Easter weekend and see the wonderful views of St Albans.

“If you can’t visit the tower this Easter, then come along over the summer when local volunteers will be on hand to let you into this landmark building.”

The tower dates back to 1405, and includes a bell that was used to signal the hours of the market, and the evening curfew when townsfolk were expected to return to their homes.

In 1455, it was used to alert townspeople just before the First Battle of St Albans during the Wars of the Roses.

To find out more about visiting the tower, visit www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/clock-tower