The Bell Tower, Perth

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Come see one of the largest sets of ringing bells in the world at The Bell Tower. The tower is a modern architectural delight, with its copper and glass bell tower and 18 bells. Climb the spiral staircase to ring the bells yourself. Take a rest at the observation deck and enjoy the views of the Swan River and urban surroundings. If you prefer to stay at ground level, walk on the path inlaid with ceramic tiles around the tower. Opened in 2000 to commemorate the new millennium, The Bell Tower has become a city icon. The Bell Tower is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Perth Edition.
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  • By using the hop on hop off bus, I hopped off at this location and walk around the Quay. The tickets can be purchased the day you arrive and there's an elevator to take you to the top if you don't fan...  more »
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Brilliant to be able to ring the bells. Good value for money and our guide Patrick was excellent. Would recommend this to any visitor to Perth.  more »
  • This modern structure is definitely a iconic to Perth and worth having a look at when in the city. Definitely different than elsewhere.  more »
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  • It's interesting to look at from a far I guess. A good landmark to meet or a point of reference because it is quite distinctive for a small town like Perth. But I personally would not pay to enter (if I remember correctly it was $10, which is about -$10 more than what I would think is appropriate). Like most things in Perth/perhaps Australia - it's hugely expensive for what you get/experience) /poor value /disappointment. The city should have just made a lot of these landmark free of charge. It will attract more traffic in the area. Since the opening of the Elizabeth Quay precinct which they can cover the operating cost from. --- More about the visit/tower itself. --- The bell tower is famed for being WA past premier landmark controversial splurge before the then particularly eventful departure of the era. The structure is framed by a lit-up-at-night water fountain. Entering the building there is a gift shop and. tiny swirly staircase leading up to different level of the structure. Inside it is rather modestly built, unlike what one would expect from it's more curiously designed exterior. The staircase leads to small octagonal viewing platform allowing a look into the bell mechanism, along with photos and memorabilia. It's a tiny room, has a old ambiance, just look and feel beige. Quickly going up the stair there is the viewing platform. It's a good point to look into the area, curiously perhaps this I where most of the visitor here spend most of their time...
  • Really enjoyed my visit. The walk up the tower offers lots of interesting historical information about Perth as well as really beautiful views of the city. You can also get a coin with tower imprint as a souvenir. The tower is quite tall, so if you are not good with heights, you may want to skip the actual visit, but you can still admire it from the outside :) Very picturesque at night time too (as it is illuminated with multiple changing colors). There are other nicely illuminated landmarks in the area surrounding it, so evening walk in the area is also very enjoyable experience
  • Its located in Elizabeth Quay in Barrack Square, across the road from the Supreme Court Gardens. The shape of the building is quite unmistakable. There are two type of entry, normal entry to look around or a tour which includes a session to ring some bells yourself. I went with the bell ringing tour just to see what it was like. The tours are every 30 minutes so not much waiting if you did want to go. The tour involved learning about the history of the clocktower, bells and actually ringing these old bells yourself. Bell ringing is harder than it looks, we just went for a couple of minutes but some of these bell ringers go for hours. The tour also included entry into the bell tower, heading to the top observation deck, to look at the belfry and read about the history of the bells. It was an interesting attraction. The views were nice. It wasn't overly tall so you didn't see past the buildings but it was a nice view nonetheless. There was also an automated bell ringer on the top level which rings for a gold coin.
  • Amazing view and great place. Surrounded by beautiful eating places and which is next to Swan River. It has 18 bells hanging also known as Swan bell tower.
  • Shade sails are a nice and much needed addition to the venue. Did not bother paying for entry-but enjoyed the view from the outside.

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