The Campanile (Sather Tower)




Sather Tower, known to most as the Campanile, is perhaps UC Berkeley's most famous symbol. Visible for miles, it stands 307 feet tall and is the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world. The observation platform, located 200 feet up, provides visitors with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area and of the campus. It is reachable via the combination of an elevator and stairs. The Campanile was completed in 1915.


Visit the Campanile 100 website.


  • Monday-Friday: 10:00 am-3:45 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am-4:45 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am-1:30 pm and 3:00 pm-4:45 pm


Campanile Hours Update

  • On Friday, September 4. 2015 the Campanile will close at 2:15 pm.


We regret any inconvenience this may cause.



The observation platform of this historical landmark is not wheelchair accessible, as there are 38 steps from the top of the elevator to the observation platform.


$3 general admission (18 years and over); $2 for seniors, Cal Alumni Association members with ID, and ages 17 and under. The Campanile is free to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff with Cal ID, and children under 3.



Backpacks, large bags, and other large items are not permitted on the observation platform and cannot be stored in the Campanile lobby.

The Carillon

Even if you don't take a tour, you can enjoy the music of the Campanile's set of bells, called a carillon, from all over campus. Located above the observation platform, the 61 massive bells weigh from 19 to 10,500 pounds. The carillonists play brief concerts every day at 7:50 a.m., 12 p.m., and 6 p.m., and longer ones on Sundays at 2 p.m. (Learn more about Berkeley's carillon.)