National Carillon, Canberra

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A gift from the British government to the people of Australia, the National Carillon houses 55 bells that play a tune every hour. A carillon is a set of bells that are played using an automatic keyboard or mechanism similar to a piano, much like an organ in a large cathedral. The building where the National Carillon is based on a concept by Don Ho and designed by architects Cameron and Chisholm Nicol. The monument stands tall over a landscaped park next the National Workers Memorial, so visitors can remember their loved ones with the sounding of the bells. National Carillon is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Canberra Edition.
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  • played for quite a long time. very pretty. Splendid in the lake. Wintry day, cool but clear and the bells gave some warmth.  more »
  • Walking alongside Lake Burley Griffin is a fantastic way to spend a day - the Carillion is wonderful - the music echoes across the lake and you just have to sit and listen - for up to an hour  more »
  • We dropped past Aspen Island and the National Carillon whilst we did a walk around the lake. The immense size of the Carillon is something to behold. It sounded like someone was practicing on the day ...  more »
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  • Beautiful surroundings.. we were there when the bells played and it was lovely.
  • Lovely scenic place for a quiet picnic. Grab your sandwiches and sit around the Carillon with a view of the entire lake. Check the electronic board at the entrance for details on upcoming performances.
  • Listened to a lovely recital in the sunshine. Had a little trouble finding information online about concerts and tours, but overall enjoyed the visit
  • Lovely island for a picnic. Make sure you take a tour if you're there when it's open - fantastic views, and you can go right up to the bells.
  • This bell tower sits on the lake and makes stunning photos in the ever changing weather of Canberra - but on the occasions that the bells ring out over the waters - its magic