Caledonian Clock Tower tours


Following the decision to move all sales of livestock from Smithfield, due to the unsanitary conditions that prevailed there, the Caledonian Meat Market was opened in 1855 by Prince Albert. At its peak, 4 million animals were sold there annually.


Later, when there was less need to transport animals to London for sale, a huge and thriving flea market operated from the site.


The focal point of the site was a stunning Clock Tower which survived the closure of the market but has been derelict for many years.


The Cally Clock Tower opened to the public on 8 June after a year of renovations which have seen the tower restored both inside and out. Now you can explore the tower and learn more about the history of the local area. The tower is 46 metres high and has 178 steps.


Visitors will be able to see the large turret clock in action and enjoy breath-taking views of the city from the tower's balustrade.


There are two history tours of the Clock Tower every Saturday. An accessible park tour is also available which covers a broader range of local history.


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Tours are free currently as part of an introductory offer. Space will be limited so you will need to book in advance.

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