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St Albans Clock Tower

High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4EL

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Introduction

  • The Clock Tower is not wheelchair or buggy accessible or for those who experience claustrophobia.
  • 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.

Location

  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest National Rail station is St Albans Abbey.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks
    • There is a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
    • The name of the car park is Christopher Place Shopping Centre.
    • The car park is located in Upper Dagnall Street.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • 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.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located in 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).
  • Comments
    • The height of the door is 150cm (approximately 5ft).

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • 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).

Reception

  • 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 medium.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Inside Access

  • 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 medium.

Clock Tower Steps

  • The climb to the top of the Clock Tower is via 93 narrow and deep 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.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps have a handrail going up the left.

St Albans Clocktower

  • 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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Additional Info

  • 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.