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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  • August 12, 2017
    My daughter and baby son and I went for a walk here the other day, we've been countless times adventuring and exploring and love catching the carillon in action! This time was special as even though w...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Check out the National Carillon on your walk around the lake, well worth the stop and a treat if you can time it to listen to the chimes ringing. The surrounds are peaceful and lovely to sit and liste...  more »
  • July 15, 2017
    We make sure to walk around the Carillon every time we visit Canberra. Its peaceful and tranquil. Be sure to go first thing in the morning. There is a good coffee van right there with a few tables and...  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

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