The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower is one of our favorite campus landmarks. Climbing the Bell Tower with us adds 256 steps to your day (128 going up, 128 coming down). From ground to the fourth-floor landing, you can say “I climbed the Bell Tower” (and we’ll have a sticker for you to wear as proof).
We open the Bell Tower on home football Saturdays for all Tar Heels and friends to make the climb. The climb starts three hours prior to kickoff and closes one hour before the start of the game. Access on the terrace is no longer permitted.
Seniors also make the climb with us during Senior Week each spring so they may check off this iconic tradition before they graduate.