Heritage Open Day 2017

There are historic displays within the church. The church tower is the highest point in St Albans and on a clear day offers distant views of the Wembley Arch and Canary Wharf as well as striking views of St Albans and the surrounding countryside. Access to the tower roof is subject to weather conditions and there is an age restriction. There is a large churchyard with orchard, wildflower meadow, storyteller's circle and Garden of Hope with Tree of Life memorial sculpture.

Opening Times

  • Sunday 10 September: Church: 2pm-5pm; Tower tours: 3pm & 4pm

Booking Details

Tower tour numbers are limited tp 12 per tour and places will be allocated on the day on a first-come first-served basis from 1.30pm.


The church is generally accessible to wheelchair users, but the tower is accessible only via a narrow spiral staircase and, to roof level, by a very steep ladder. Under 9s are not allowed on the roof due to the steepness and height of the last ladder. There will be no access to the roof in bad weather.

Additional information

Three Towers Challenge

12 FREE tickets are available to scale the heights of the Clock Tower, St Peter’s Tower and the Cathedral Tower on Sunday 10 September.
Your efforts won’t go unrewarded – as well as enjoying spectacular views, those who complete all three climbs will receive a Three Towers
Challenge medal after the final climb at St Albans Cathedral.
The challenge starts at 13.00 at the city’s iconic Clock Tower, moving swiftly on to the highest point in St Albans - St Peter’s Tower at 14.00,
and finishing with the Cathedral Tower at 15.15 (estimated end time 16.15).

To apply for a place please email marketing@stalbanscathedral.org by Wednesday 6 September. You will be notified if you have a place on Thursday 7 September. Good luck!

The Challenge is open to everyone aged 12 and over (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).You can apply for a maximum of 2 places.
Visitors taking the tour need to be fit enough to manage the climbs. Anyone who suffers from vertigo or claustrophobia should not attempt it. Due
to the physical nature of the tours, we reserve the right to refuse admittance.


St Peter's is the large church which commands the northern end of St Peter's Street, near the roundabout junction of St Peter's Street and Hatfield Road.

Heritage Open Days events around St Albans

Please click here for details of all the attractions you can visit between 7 and 10 September.

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