St Albans Clock Tower
It may not be the most prestigious attraction in St Albans but there is no doubt that the St Albans Clock Tower is an attraction that locals are very proud of.
The clock tower has a great sense of history
The fact that the tower dates back to the early 1400s is enough of a reason for it to be lauded in the area but of course, there is a greater sense of history surrounding the Clock Tower in St Albans.
If you're looking for a fantastic example of a medieval belfry, this is the place to visit but you'll also find that there is a local story to the development of the tower.
St Albans Clock Tower was created as a show of strength and resistance against the local abbot.
The local population had enough of being ruled over and ordered around by the rulers of the time, and this led to a local uprising. The tower stands as an example of the displeasure and distrust shown towards the abbot by the local people.
This was at a time when the church was an extremely powerful body. The local people showed they were looking for power, wealth and freedom in their own right. The Clock Tower looks fantastic but it was a stunning political statement of its time.
The views are stunning
The political reasoning behind the development of the tower ensures it is a fantastic place to visit but if you're looking for the best views in St Albans, this is the place to visit. This is a local tourist attraction that provides something that no other local attraction can match.
On a clear day, it is possible to see for miles, the view reaching out far beyond St Albans. If you're keen to get a grip on your local bearings or want a good overview of the local area, this is the tourist attraction that you need to visit.
Children gain free entry
One thing to bear in mind when you are planning a day trip or you want to see attractions is the cost. There are some tourist attractions that are quite expensive, and this means a day out can be a very costly affair for a family. This isn't the case at the St Albans Clock Tower. This is because it only costs £1 for adults and children get free entry. If you're looking for a value for money tourist attraction in St Albans, this is a great choice.
The clock tower manages to combine great local history with a modern attraction that provides stunning views. This means that no matter what you're looking for from a tourist attraction, this should provide you with what you need.
There are 93 steps to the top of the St Albans Clock Tower and with a bell that has been active for 600 years, you'll find that there are plenty of reasons to rise up and enjoy the view.