Torre dos Clérigos
Torre dos Clérigos
4.5
Observation Decks & TowersChurches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Clérigos Tower is the foremost undisputed landmark of Porto and a reference in the city's history. Clérigos Tower opened its doors in 1763, becoming the highest bell tower of Portugal, with over 75 metres. In 1753 the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni was invited to design and build this magnificent Heritage, considered National Monument since 1910. The famous church was built in the eighteenth century, between 1732 and 1749 and this was the most emblematic work of the architect Nicolau Nasoni. Is one of the most beautiful temples of baroque feature, and a reference in the history of Porto. The Exhibitions allow to discover the history of the Brotherhood of Clérigos, admire pieces from the eighteenth to the nineteenth century, in painting, furniture, jewellery and vestment collections. Christus collection, on the 3 floor, is a trip through time and space where art and religion complement each other.
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  • Justin R
    Lino Lakes, Minnesota336 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the climb to the top
    If you like great Birds Eye views this is the spot to go in Porto. We went with our kids (3 and 5). My 5 year old made the climb all the way up but I had to carry my 3 year old. It is a narrow climb as you would expect but it is worth it fir the view.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • JR_Essex
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    View of Porto
    An ideal first stop on your visit to Porto. From the top of the tower there are some great views of the city. It is well worth the climb up the narrowing steps to the top. Can get busy so recommend as one of your first stops in the morning at 09-00 there was no queue. Visit to the church itself is free.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
    San Juan, Puerto Rico12,278 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go very early enjoy views and no lines! Also Go at night to the light show if available!
    I was there at 9:00am and had time to enjoy the museum, then the tower with almost noone there and then the church! I also went to the night light show which was amazing! Check out all my reviews with photos and details on my Trip Advisor account while in Porto! Enjoy this lovely city!!! Bring some water with you and be in comfortable shoes and good heart shape for this climb 🙏🏼
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 September 2023
  • TheTravelFishes
    New York133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go at night. And see the light show too!
    What a beautiful view! If you can go in the evening, do that. Reduced admission price and hardly anyone there climbing the tower. Would not recommend with small children as there is a place on the climb up the tower that has sizable gap in the railing wall. The light show is outstanding and well worth the price of admission!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • beachbuddy10
    Bridport, United Kingdom1,650 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    225 steps!
    Even our ancient legs managed to carry us up to the viewing gallery. Most of the way up there are people coming down. Be friendly, let each other pass! The last few steps are on a metal staircase, replacing the worn originals. The views are spectacular, over the city, the river and across to the Atlantic Ocean. Unbelievably visitors had dropped plastic bottles and even scribbled graffiti up there. There was an exhibition highlighting the problems of plastic pollution in the seas.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Laura
    Norwich, United Kingdom35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch out for the crowds!
    We visited late in the day and it didn’t seem busy at first. The view from the top was amazing and the employees were friendly and efficient. The exhibition was interesting. However, there was one big issue! No one seemed to be monitoring how many people were at the top, despite buying a timed ticket! That meant when we wanted to come down we couldn’t! The stairs were filled with people who wanted to come up and didn’t understand that they couldn’t until some people came down from the full viewing platform. After some cross words all round, in many different languages, we got to the bottom but this last little bit did take the shine off what could have been a real highlight of our trip.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Katie
    355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the few euros for the views
    The views from the top were beautiful! It was very crowded and made it a little difficult to get around but it was worth it. When you pay to climb the tower you also get to view the top parts of the church. There is a pipe organ concert every day at noon and if you enter the tower at that time you can watch the organist close up.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • HonestTel
    Leicester, United Kingdom227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Head for heights
    Great value for money. There is a small museum as well. The qclimb to the top is not as bad as I thought but the staircase is very narrow and gets narrower at the top. Not very many places to pass people coming back down. The views from the top are fantastic
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely church and view
    The church is gorgeous and you get to walk around it as part of the tower visit. The tower was not particularly dificult and there were great views from the top. You can see across the city and river and it was a great place to get a sense of where everything was in Porto.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Maria H
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Actually enjoyed it!
    Hadn't planned to do this at all, but was pleasantly surprised. The climb to the top of the tower was relatively easy. I am recovering from knee surgery so was a little nervous. It was actually OK and not too crowded. We're not ones for churches etc, but it was quite interesting to see.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2024
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,968 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The fabulous tower of the Clerigos church was built between 1754 and 1763 and is spendidly decorated in baroque style. It stands nearly 76 meters, towering over the city of Porto.
Written 25 May 2024
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James W
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
So we messed up and didn’t leave enough time before we had to pick up our daughter at the airport. It takes a while to move thru the exhibits and then when we got to the tower., they were trying to drum up more income with a “project” and taking photos so there was a wait. At that point we went back down and asked if we could come back when we had mote time to wait in the line. If the guy at the ticket station had just said something like “I’m very sorry, but you can’t come back in later” that would have been the end of it. Our bad. Instead, he was absolutely nasty, insisting over and over that “there is no line, my coworker has told me so”, We’ve lived in Portugal for three months, and haven’t seen this sort of attitude towards tourists anywhere other than Porto, where sadly, it is more common.
Written 21 May 2024
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Imposing tower that can be seen from almost anywhere in main part of city. Clearly one of the top 10 sites to see when touring Porto. Glad we stopped on our tuk tuk tour but didn't climb the tower as it is too strenuous for 2 octogenarians with bad backs and prosthetic hip!!!
Written 17 May 2024
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Abovetheclouds
2,018 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Impressive. Nice views. Combine the visit with the church and museum and then do the tower last. All in the same building and easy to navigate. One thing, easy climb but the spiral steps are very tight and small. Same route up and down. I was lucky as it was quiet when I went but if it is busy and you get claustrophobic, then just be mindful.
Written 4 May 2024
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Mark Taylor
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Great historic monument. I climbed the stairs up, was lucky it was open at night the day I went. It was a bit tight, but totally worth it. It gets a bit windy at the top, so take a jacket.
Written 29 April 2024
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Cindy L
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I nearly chickened out of ascending the tower steps since initial few leading to start of tower were of the tight, enclosed, spiraling variety, which triggered premature anxiety. However the steps in tower itself are easy to navigate with continuous railing on one side and a small landing every few steps. Visiting the museum occurs prior to ascending the tower. Definitely recommend midweek if possible and earliest in day to avoid what other reviews mention of challenges of 2-way stairway traffic. It was extremely windy at top despite calm morning…just be prepared to hold onto hats.

We didn’t appreciate the heavily advertised evening light shows which occur within the church itself and a displayed “nature tree” of sorts, claiming to somehow bridge earth and heaven, considering this is apparently a catholic church?? But the exhibits in the museum section were very interesting.
Written 17 April 2024
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Mini on tour
Glasgow, UK288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great views - impressive building. Can get very busy. It takes about an hour to get around - more if you want to linger reading more info on the various exhibits. The stairs to the tower aren’t for the claustrophobic - they are fairly narrow and it is difficult for people to pass each other. I felt more could be done to steward the up and down activity, to make it safer and more comfortable. Go early in peak season to avoid the crowds and have a more enjoyable visit.
Written 11 April 2024
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Tina Z
1,001 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This church tower is another recognizable monument of Porto. You can climb it, but for it you have to pay around 8 euros. It is supposedly the tallest "building" in Porto built on the top of the Porto's biggest hill. Speaking of the hill, be prepared for climbing, so if you are not in condition, go slow.
Written 11 April 2024
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hmill42894
New York City, NY322 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Beautiful view, but getting to the top was a little tricky because of the amount of people. The stairs are so narrow and it’s impossible to pass people, so you have people waiting in the stairs in order to pass. It doesn’t feel particularly safe at times because of the amount of people that are in the stairs vs. how many can actually fit. Ticket includes visit to the museum and church was well.
Written 9 April 2024
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Maria H
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Hadn't planned to do this at all, but was pleasantly surprised. The climb to the top of the tower was relatively easy. I am recovering from knee surgery so was a little nervous. It was actually OK and not too crowded.
We're not ones for churches etc, but it was quite interesting to see.
Written 7 April 2024
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