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An iconic fixture of the Perth skyline, the Bell Tower with its famous Swan Bells is a much-loved destination and a historic part of the city. Take a look out at the Swan River and the cityscape in the background from the tower’s three viewing platforms, witness a ringing demonstration, or just admire the exquisite modern tower.
Rising to 82.5 metres, the concrete Bell Tower was constructed to mark the dawn of the new millennium. Encased with glass and copper sails, it houses 18 bells, 12 of which came to Australia from the St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London. The only Royal Bells to have left England, these were once rung to welcome Captain Cook when he returned to Australia after his first voyage.
The set that rings today was recast back in the 18th century and was bestowed upon the city of Perth as a gift to mark Australia’s bicentenary. The remaining six were made from metals that were mined around the tower in the heart of Western Australia. Whenever a British king or queen has been crowned since, the Swan Bells have been rung to celebrate the occasion.
If you go along at midday on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or at the weekend, you’ll get a chance to hear bells pealing. You’ll even have the chance to see the ringers in action as well as learn more about campanology from the experts. For a bell-handling demonstration, come along to the tower before noon on Wednesday or Friday – you can even get a certificate if you do get to chime the great bell.
Take the tower’s glass lift at the end of your visit and head up to the uppermost viewing platform where you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the whole of Perth, as well as the Swan River and the Darling Range in the distance.
Located conveniently in centrally situated Barrack Square, the Swan Bells Bell Tower is open every day through the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
There are loads of ways to enjoy this attraction. Here's just some things to do at Swan Bells Belltower:
If you'd like more activities, examine our Perth things to do page.
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