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Whitechapel Bell Foundry

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Address: 32-34 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW, England
Phone Number: 011-44-20-7247-2599
08:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:30

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Excellent Tour

This was an excellent tour. An almost unique manufacturing industry & a step back in time. I never realised how complicated it was to tune a set of bells. It was a very... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ipswich, United Kingdom

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent tour. An almost unique manufacturing industry & a step back in time. I never realised how complicated it was to tune a set of bells. It was a very informative & interesting visit, the tour was taken by the owner who was an excellent speaker & very enthusiastic about his trade - it is well worth... More 

Thank BELMONTIpswich
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Doing an east end walk so popped in, like stepping back in time, made most welcome, will return when have more time.

Thank 187Garry
Stafford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A fascinating lesson in the art of bell manufacture. Traditional skill and craftsmanship at its finest. This tour of the foundry was both educational and totally absorbing. Our guide, Alan, (the boss), was extremely adept at explaining some highly technical concepts in Laypersons terms, spiced with witty and amusing comments, the result - he got everyone's full attention all through... More 

Thank terry-annie
Budapest, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

It is well worth booking tickets in advance but someone did just turn up on the day. The 90 minute tour is guided by the owner and his enthusiasm for everything to do with bell making is catching. To gain access to all the rooms you need to climb some very steep stairs but well worth it to step back... More 

Thank 11Judith
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is the site of England's oldest manufacturing company - they have been operating in the same location since the 16th century (1570). They are the manufacturer of the Liberty Bell (Philadelphia) and Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower, London). Free Foundry tours are available - but are booked up a year in advance. It is worth stopping by even if you... More 

1 Thank Jack B
Malmo, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

As well as beeing Englands oldest business (15th Century) it is also very interesting to see the workshop and learn about bells, Our guide was present owner, very knowledgeable, and my son the mechanics engineer just loved this. This is a must for nerds!!! We loved it!!!

3 Thank Muminmamma1
Sandy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry was founded in 1570 and has been operating ever since. Famous bells manufactured at the foundry include the original Liberty Bell (1752), the Great Bell of Montreal and Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster, weighing more than 13 tons. Tours are held every other Saturday and you need to book well in advance. Unfortunately we... More 

19 Thank Sandygranny
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This tour gets booked up very quickly and we booked ahead by a month or so - held every other Saturday when the furnaces are not working - for obvious reasons. A group of us were taken around with the manager as the owner had other commitments. The manager did a wonderful job - keeping the whole group entertained with... More 

2 Thank Virginia M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Local history well worth a visit In 1752 the foundry cast the Liberty Bell and in 1858 the cast Big Ben! Well worth a visit even a quick 5 minutes to see the men/ women at work

1 Thank Dan M
Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Not to difficult to find, on entry through door, bell rings!! and greeted by a tall lady who was very warm and friendly. The place is only two rooms with Big Bens template as a door arch, so dont miss it. You can see some bells through the yard door as well. If you walk round the outside you can... More 

1 Thank Shaun H

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