Manchester’s historic town hall has sat prominently on the edge of Albert’s Square. In all of the time this amazing building has been standing only a select few have been able to see the amazing views form the beautiful clock tower. However, now for a short period of time, and £7.50 you can see this amazing view too. That’s right for a limited time tours are being offered to take in the view from the clock tower, to see the inner workings of the clocks and to see the beautiful bell inside the tower.
The tower was originally built by Alfred Waterhouse and has stood there since the last stone was laid. The clock tower soars 280 feet high over the square. The views from this height are no doubt amazing. You can see some pretty historic landmarks; The Central Library (currently without a roof, due to restoration), The Old Trafford Football Stadium, and the Exchange Square Wheel of Manchester from the top of the clock tower. On a clear day it is said that you can even see the Pennines and the Plains of Cheshire.
While the view must be amazing you really get to see so much more on this tour. You can see the inner workings of the clock that has kept time since it was built by Gillet and Bland for the tower over 134 years ago. The clock is the largest in the UK outside of London. What is even cooler about this clock is set and checked regularly to be precisely in sync with Greenwich. You will also be able to see the Great Abel Bell which chimes the time for all of Manchester to hear. The Bell was named after the mayor of Manchester, Abel Haywood who opened the tower in 1877.
The tours run now through December 22, 2011. Tickets are £7.50 for a once and a lifetime experience.