Bell Tower, Perth
I had read and seen many photos of the Bell Tower, home of the Swan Bells, so when I emerged from Supreme Court gardens and saw construction going on around it, it was disappointing! The whole area was in upheaval!
What is the Bell Tower?
Located in the Tower, are 12 bells from St Martin-in-the-Fields, one of London's most famous Churches located in Trafalgar square. The Royal Bells are from the 14th century and were rung for important historic events such as -
Quote from website
"England's victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588, The World War II victory at El Alamein in 1942, ringing in the New Year at Trafalgar Square for more than 275 years, celebrating the coronation of every British monarch since King George II in 1727, the homecoming of Captain James Cook after his voyage of discovery in 1771."
So, if you go up the Tower, you get to see the Ringers making these historic bells ring.
There is an Observation Deck, where you have 360 degree views and a 26 bell Carillon that plays several well known tunes & national anthems if you pop a gold coin in the slot. It is the first of its kind in the world.
We decided against going up the Tower because of the price, instead had a look around the shop. On display, was a Turret clock from 1896 and a model of the Bell Tower. I read with interest, all Western Australians were asked if they would like to "send a message to the future." This was by way of putting something in a time capsule which will be opened in 2100. Not only did people leave messages, many included a photo too! It will be interesting reading for those around in 2100 when it is opened!
Another display was of a wedding cake somebody had made, clever person!
Open daily from 10am.
Opening times vary seasonally.
Not open Good Friday or Christmas Day.
Open from Noon on Anzac Day.
$14 Adults / $9 Concessions
Entry provides unlimited access to all five public areas of the Tower.
RINGING TIMES - http://www.thebelltower.com.au/content/ringing-times-at-the-bell-tower/
Part of the Waterfront Development and the first completed aspect, The Bell Tower is the home of the Swan Bells, presented to the city in 1988 in celebration of Australia's bicentennial celebrations by St Martin's-in-the-Field.
Twelve bells can be traced back to the 14th century after several recastings, with those bells due to be recast in the last 1980s were instead donated to the City of Perth. A further six bells were specially commissioned for the celebrations, with the 18 forming one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world.
The Tower itself was specially commissioned to house the bells, and now forms one of the most iconic of all buildings in Perth. You can get close and personal with the bells as well as take in 360 views from the sixth floor observations deck.
It has to be said the Tower has odd opening times, with last entry at 3.45pm, and the opening hours vary from season to season.
Prices; $14 adults, $9 children & concessions, $30 family
This wonderful Bell Tower reputed to be the worlds biggest musical instrument is really worth the visit...the bells here were a gift to the people of Western Australia and the City of Perth for Australias bi-Centenary..The bells original home was from Londons famous St.Martins in The Fields church in Trafalgar Square.. take the lift to the top of the Bell Tower and enjoy the wonderful views it offers and also check on the bell ringing times..
One of the newer tourist attractions in Perth is the Swan Bell Tower. It's 82,5 m high and houses bells from the church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields in London. They were presented to Perth in 1988 to commemorate the bicentenary.
You can hear the bells on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30pm - 2pm.
Admission to go up is 10 AU$ and the tower is open from 10am to 4.30pm.
Ding Dong, Ding Dong.
Anyone crazy about bells should pay this place a visit.
The idea of some folks accumulating so many historical bells under one roof just amuses me.
Now, this is a place to live in (if they allow) should you never intend to be late for work!!
Go through the galleries of time-pieces, bells and optical pieces as well.
There is an open-air observatory deck on the 6th floor, overlooking both the CBD and the Swan River.
The building is a bell itself.
- Bell Handling Demonstrations (single bell): Wednesday & Friday, from 11:30am-12:30pm
- Full Bell Ringing: Monday - Tuesday & Thursday -12:00pm-1:00pm; Weekends - 12:00pm-1:00pm
The Swan Bells Tower is open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
* Summer opening hours 10am-4:30pm. Last paid entry 4.15pm.
* Winter opening hours 10am- 4pm. Last paid entry 3.45pm.
Rates: $6 Adults; $4 Concessions; Free admissions 1st Tuesday of every month!
When the weight of the 12 bells of London's St Martin's in the Fields became too heavy for the aging structure of the church it was decided to replace them with a lighter peal. These bells, first cast in the 14th century, together with with 6 more cast especially to add to them, were presented to the City of Perth as a gift to mark Australia's Bi-centenerary in 1988.
What to do with them became the next question. After many years, and much debate, a bell tower was commissioned to be placed by the Swan River. The finished tower, with its copper sails reminiscent of the yachts that sail here ( and the passion for yachting of the Premier of the time) and needle-like spire of green glass, allows the bells to be rung from a single platform -something they could never do in their old home in London.
The tower is open to visitors daily, with demonstrations of the technique of ringing (single bell) given on Wednesday and Friday -11.30 -12.30. The admission of $6 includes entry to an historical collection of bells, precision timepieces and optical instruments.
The Bell Tower is a significant icon here in Perth. It is located right on the water front of the famous Swan River.
Not one much for history or details of how it got there, I just accept it for mostly what it is with us locals, a vt meeting mark........'just look for the Lucky Shag pub, near the Bell Tower on Barrack Street jetty and you'll find us....can't miss it!!' .......haha :o)
Anyway, here's a different view....the famous Bell Tower by night.
With its unique architecture, Swan Bell Tower is easily distinguished. The height of the tower is around 82 meters. Single bell ringing is on Wednesday and Friday from 11:30 to 12:30. Full bell ringing is on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and weekends from 12:00 to 13:00. The admission fee is 11 AUD. You can get 5 AUD discount vouchers from the website.
The Bell Tower was erected in 1988 to host a special gift the capital of Western Australia received to commemorate the bicentennary of Australia. The twelve bells of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London as well as five specially cast bells came to Perth. Together with one more that was donated by the state of Western Australia for the millennium, they now form a circle of 18 bells.
Each bell is rung by hand with a rope. Groups of volunteers have been trained to do the ringing. The bells can be heard in Central Perth in certain intervals throughout the day.
Visitors can watch the bell ringers from a gallery.
The extravagant architecture with the glass spire and copper sails has become a new landmark in the cityscape of Perth.
In addition to the Swan Bells, the tower contains an exhibition on clocks, bells and bell casting. The terrace at the top offers a nice view of the river and downtown skyline.
The entrance fee is $ 11 for adults, which is a bit exaggerated for the tower's attractions in my humble tourist opinion. If you have a lot of time in Perth the tower and the bells might be interesting to see. If your time is limited, however, this is not one of the top must-sees that absolutely have to be done.
There was much who-ha when the WA Government unveiled their plan to build a bell tower on the foreshore. The money could be spent better, it looked hideous, blah, blah, blah. But the story is that these bells had been a gift from St Martins in the Field Church in London to WA in celebration of the Bicentennary in 1998 and had sat in storage since that time. The Bell Tower was constructed only a few years ago and the building was designed to represent the blend of our past and our future and I personally think it's a fantastic testement.
The Bell Tower is open daily from 10am, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Entry is $10 for Adults, and $7 for Concessions.
this building is beautiful, It is the Swan Bells Tower, one of the largest musical instruments on earth, The Bell Tower offers fascinating displays on the history of the bells and bell ringing, as well as stunning views of Perth city skyline and the Swan River.
Address Barrack Street, Perth, 6000
Phone 08 9218 8183
The web site I have given gives lots of info on the bells
We went for a walk down to the Barrack Street Jetty on the weekend and were delighted to hear the ringing of the bells. Due to the bell tower's closeness to the city business district the ringing of the bells is restricted during work days, however it must ring on the hour on weekends. We were surprised by the length of time they rang, it must have been for a minimum of 5 minutes. The tower is modern and looks good to me and is located in a nice garden about 150 metres from the Swan River and ferry jetties. The area also has a very popular bar, souvineer shops, resturants etc. You can then take the ferry ride across the river to fashionable South Perth.
The Swan Bell Tower is 82.5 metres tall and contains twelve bells of St. Martin-in-the-Fields from the 14th Century and which were recast in the 16th Century by Queen Elizabeth I.
The bells were given to the city as part of Australias bicentennial celebrations in 1988
Climbing to the top you can see the bells ringing and get great views of the city.
They have bell ringing demonstrations and you can try your hand.
The Bells ringing times are as follows:
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm - 2pm.
There is also a Bells Handling Demonstration during the following times:
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 12pm - 2pm.
Entry fee $6 aus
Located in Barrack Square just across the road from the bank of the Swan River, where all the cruise boats leave from.
The Bell Tower costs about $5 to go up, but is free on the first Tuesday of the month….the day we happened to be there! Lucky us!
Quite interesting inside, and especially good views of the river and city from several of its levels.
The bells are rung on the hour (most of them, if not the whole collection inside, one by one)
Fascinating displays on the history of bells and bell ringing. Is open 10am - 6pm daily and ringing times are Monday - Tuesday & Thursday - 12:00pm-1:00pm and
Weekends - 12:00pm-1:00pm.
Entry fees are - $6 Adults, $4 Concessions, Free admissions 1st Tuesday of every month!
Concession Entitlements: Children 5-14, Western Australian Senior Card Holders, Australian Health Card Holders and Full-Time Student Card Holders, Children under the age of 5 years are permitted free of charge.