About the Cathedral Bells

In the Cathedral's 11th century tower are bells which ring out across the city to mark services and special events. The 13 main bells were installed in 2010 and are named after the apostles – important early Christian leaders or missionaries. The largest bell (the tenor) is called Alban and weighs a tonne. There are also eight bells from the previous ring of twelve attached to an electronic control mechanism called a carillon. These chime the hour and they can be programmed to play a tune. During the 2012 Olympics the Chariots of Fire theme rang out for every medal Great Britain won!

The 13 bells are rung and maintained by The St Albans Cathedral Society of Change Ringers, who climb the 160 steps to reach the Ringing Chamber twice on a Sunday and for their practices on Tuesday evenings. Change ringing is a centuries old tradition which relies heavily on great team work, physical coordination, and concentration. The ringers are always keen to take on and train new recruits. Visiting ringers are always welcome, and visiting bands can be accommodated by arrangement.

Contact the Bellringers:

Ringing Master:

Stephen Penney

[email protected]

07752 498488


Liz Hodgskin

[email protected]

01727 852561

Practice night: Tuesday 8pm-9.30pm

Sunday 10.30am and 5.45pm