St John's Co-Cathedral

Belfry & Clock Tower Tour

Tempus Adest! The time has come to experience the wonders of timekeeping at St John’s Co-Cathedral. Join one of our guided tours and embark on an unforgettable journey through history.

The history of timekeeping is a fascinating one that dates back to ancient civilisations. There were incense clocks, sundials and water clocks that allowed people to measure the passage of time. These inventions made way for mechanical clocks and pendulum clocks, that led to the electric clock. Perhaps the way we tell the time these days is a bit less exciting since you just check your phone.

At St John’s Co-Cathedral, you can witness the mechanical movements of the clock and the chimes of the bells. Join one of our guided tours to see areas that have been unexplored by visitors. The tour will start through a narrow spiral staircase of 99 steps leading up to the belfry. You will get to see the balcony, the clock room where you will see the mechanical clock in action and hear the bells chime!

Visit the bell tower and clock, hear the bells ring, and enjoy splendid views of Valletta.


Guided Tour Information

Tour Duration: 20 minutes

Tour Price: €5 per person

Ticketing: Tickets may be purchased at the door. This tour is only available as a guided tour, please arrive for your tour 5 minutes prior. No children are allowed below the age of 5.


Tour Timetable

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday:

First tour: 10:00 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

2:00 PM

Last tour: 3:00 PM


Wednesday and Friday:

First tour: 10:30 AM

11:30 AM

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

2:30 PM

Last tour: 3:30 PM

Monday to Saturday:
09.00 hrs to 16.45 hrs
(last entry at 16.15 hrs)
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Adults €15
Seniors €12
Students €12
Children Free under 12 years of age (when accompanied by an adult)
Monday to Friday:
08.30 hrs
08.30 hrs / 17.45 hrs
Sundays and Feast Days:
7:45 hrs / 9:15 hrs / 11:30 hrs / 17:45 hrs