Will you apply for St Albans’ Three Towers Challenge?

PUBLISHED: 21:00 23 August 2017

St Albans Clock Tower

St Albans Clock Tower


Spectacular views of St Albans will be the prize for 12 lucky climbers who complete a city climbing challenge this September.

St Peter's Church's TowerSt Peter's Church's Tower

People are invited to apply for The Three Towers Challenge - successful candidates will take on the 93 steps of St Albans Clock Tower, reach 140ft above ground level and 193 steps up St Albans Cathedral tower, and scale the highest point in St Albans, St Peter’s Church tower.

In total, the intrepid group will climb 800 steps up three of the city’s most iconic landmarks - once the feats are done, everyone will get a medal.

St Albans Civic Society member, Jill Singer, said: “The Three Tower Challenge is a really exciting way to encourage visitors to not only get a little exercise but also to experience the magnificent views from the summits of three of St Albans’ most beautiful, medieval buildings.

“The surprisingly green and pleasant lands surrounding historic St Albans can still be seen from the roof tops of these attractions.”

St Albans Cathedral's Norman TowerSt Albans Cathedral's Norman Tower

It has been set up as part of Heritage Open Days 2017.

There are also city tour guides, walks, a special exhibition, and opportunities to see places of historical interest - including the De Havilland Aircraft Museum, Kingsbury Barn, the Lower Red Lion Inn, Redbournbury Mill, the Ryder House and Exhibition, St Michael’s Church, St Albans Organ Theatre, and St Albans South Signal Box.

St Albans and Hertfordshire Architectural and Archaeological Society is putting on the special exhibition on How The Bankruptcy of Stephen Smith (Jr) in 1840 saved Verulamium for Posterity.

It will take place at Verulamium Museum on September 7, 8, and 9 from 10am to 5.30pm, and on September 10 from 2pm to 5.30pm.

The Three Tower Challenge will start at 1pm on September 10, outside St Albans Clock Tower. It will finish outside St Albans Cathedral at about 4.15pm.

Only 12 people can get the free tickets - to apply email marketing@stalbanscathedral.org by Wednesday September 6. Successful applicants will be notified on September 7.

The Heritage Open Days take place from September 7 to 10.

For more information, click here.

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