St Albans Clock Tower

High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4EL

01727 751 810

museums@stalbans.gov.uk

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/clock-tower

Guide Last Updated: 29/08/2017

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Access Guide

  • 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.

  • The Clock Tower is generally open from Easter (Good Friday) to the end of September, every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday, between approximately 10.30 and 17.00. Last admission is at 16.45.

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.

  • The nearest National Rail station is St Albans Abbey.

  • The venue does not have its own car park.

  • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).

  • The name of the car park is Christopher Place.

  • The car park is located in Upper Dagnall Street.

  • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.

  • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.

  • There is not a designated drop off point.

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  • This information is for the entrance located on Market Place.

  • There is not level access into the venue.

  • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).

  • The door(s) is / are single.

  • The door(s) is / are heavy.

  • The width of the door opening is 60cm (1ft 12in).

  • The height of the door is 150cm (approximately 5ft).

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  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.

  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance.

  • There is/are 2 step(s) to the area/service.

  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.

  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.

  • The step(s) is/are medium height (11cm - 17cm).

  • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

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  • The desk/counter is 5m (5yd 1ft) from the main entrance.

  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.

  • The desk/counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).

  • The desk/counter does not have a low (76cm or lower) section.

  • The lighting levels are bright.

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

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  • There is not level access to the service(s).

  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

  • This venue does not play background music.

  • The lighting levels are varied.

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  • The climb up to the top of the Clock Tower is via 93 very narrow and steep steps.

  • There is no room to pass people on the narrow spiral steps, however there are three landings on the way up to have a rest.

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  • The Clock Tower is a rare example of a medieval belfry. The people of St Albans built the tower around 1405 as a symbol of their resistance against the power of the abbot of St Albans.

  • Today, the tower still stands face to face with the abbey's tower and provides fantastic views across the medieval town and far into the Hertfordshire countryside.

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  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

  • Standard toilet facilities are not available.

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.

  • Documents are not available in Braille.

  • Documents are not available in large print.

  • A bowl of water can be provided for an assistance dog.

  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not normally on duty.