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. Add National Carillon to your Canberra travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Canberra trip itinerary maker website .
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  • The Carillon is a purpose-built bell-tower with 55 bronze bells - a gift to the people of Australia from the people of Britain. Musicians (carillonists) come from around the world to play here, and mu...  more »
  • A Little bit bizarre with its music playing tower but fascinating all the same. Nice place to walk or cycle out to as itโ€™s close to the centre and a popular walking area.  more »
  • We went in late afternoon and the view was spectacular. The sound of the bell was beautiful. Nice walk along the lake and also good view of Black Mountain. Probably best to come at early morning or ev...  more »
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  • Beautiful place for a stroll around or a picnic. My 2 year old and I come here alot. There is plenty of wildlife around, my daughter loves watching the swans. A full lap around the island is enough to wear a 2 year old out, which is especially good when mum is sick of going to the park ;) Breathtaking views over the lake at any time of the day
  • At Carols by the Carillon, on a pleasant Sunday afternoon/Evening with family and friends. Tours are currently on offer, although the lift is closed at the moment. A very relaxed couple of hours ahead. ๐ŸŽ„
  • Great Canberra-style monument that sits on it's own little island within Lake Burley Griffin and accessed by a wide footbridge suitable for wheelchairs and bikes/scooters. The bells chime regularly throughout the day and can be heard right around the lake/Canberra. Back on the "mainland" and within a stones throw of the footbridge you'll find new and clean toilets which are well maintained, plenty of area for a picnic and a food/coffee van is usually not too far away. There is a couple of picnic tables on the Carillon's island as well which is good for a group or family to use.
  • A place to reflect and wander. This is the local jogging path and in the evenings there is a lot of people trying to get fit. The trees are a great choice and I love discovering the various species that are planted there
  • A really nice place to visit and hang out on the island and have a great picnic, coffee, chats or a nice relaxing day and listen to the carillon play.

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