*Please note there are no more public Old Steeple tours in 2019, however you can book a private group tour – see below.

In this tour we’ll be going all the way up this medieval tower, all 165 feet or 232 stairs!
The Old Steeple is an amazing medieval tower that has withstood the ravages of fire and invading armies for over 500 years. On the ground floor of the Tower there is a collection of Medieval Stones and there are several fascinating rooms to explore on the way up, including the Antiquities room, the Bell Ringers’ room, the clock mechanism and bell rooms and the Cap House right at the very top.

This tower is Dundee’s oldest building and it’s been right in the middle of Dundee’s history since the 1490s, serving the city as a belfry and clock tower, as well as a watch tower and prison on some occasions. As we will be climbing to the very top of the tower this tour is not suitable for children under 8, or those with restricted mobility. We do stop at every room on the way up so you don’t need to be super fit to climb the tower, if you can climb a couple of flights of stairs you can make it.

Please note the tour will run regardless of the weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. See our full terms and conditions for more information.

START/END LOCATION Old Steeple, just outside the Overgate Centre
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive 5 minutes before your tour begins for a prompt start.
TOUR LENGTH Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes (there may be an additional 15 minutes needed depending on how quickly you can all climb the stairs!)
WEAR Comfortable clothing and sensible shoes as there are uneven surfaces.
Want a tour just for your group?

Inquire for a private tour

We can arrange a private tour any day and time we are available, and for any sort of group including: hen party; stag party; birthdays; work night’s out; team-building groups; corporate visitors or entertainment; reunions; charity groups; educational groups from primary to college / university level; or just a group of friends or family.

The tour starts and ends at the Old Steeple itself which is right in the middle of the city centre just outside the Overgate shopping Centre, on the Nethergate side. This is within 2 minutes walk of all city centre hotels, the bus and train station and the stops of all major bus routes in the city.

There is ample parking available with the closest multi-storey car parks at the Overgate Centre and Greenmarket.

Due to the number of stairs (232!) and the uneven surfaces and narrow stairwells, this tour is not suitable for anyone with restricted mobility. The climb is very strenuous, and while we can go up the stairs at a reasonable pace we do not recommend this tour if you have any concerns about mobility or a heart condition.

If you are unsure or have any queries about accessibility for this tour the please get in touch with us.

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