Loughborough Carillon
Loughborough Carillon
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We have ambitious plans for the future but for the time being we have a limited opening, Each and every Thursday and Saturday 11am till 3pm until the end of September. Visit the museum, climb the 138 steps, past the Clavier Room (the instrument used to play the bells), pass through the bell chamber and out onto the balcony for views across the Soar Valley. Entrance is FREE! There is a bell recital each Thursday and Sunday 1pm till 2pm
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Alec M
Loughborough, UK12 contributions
Really interesting history inside mainly focused on the two world wars. The money you pay to get in goes towards its upkeep. I chatted to a really interesting veteran who really knew his stuff and was super friendly. Worth a visit if you're in loughborough.
Written August 30, 2020
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Sarah H
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A great hidden spot within a busy town to meet with friends. Has plenty of space and play equipment for children. Remembrance day celebrations are held here each year. Free to enter and also contains Charnwood museum.
Written August 6, 2021
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Aron3366
London, UK25 contributions
Business
I worked in Loughborough for 3 months, during my days off, I always walking around the town to find what interesting surround Loughborough, accidentally I found this spot, weekend a lot people come here to enjoy themselves with friends and families, kids and adults just having fun, I never went to the top of the tower but look fun, the reason I didn’t go there, I enjoy reading in the park then go to the tower, one of my staffs said,is good, nothing to write bad about this place, nice, clean, friendly people and fun
Written November 1, 2019
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Kiwiee
Loughborough, UK3 contributions
Couples
I recently decided to bring my girlfriend down to Loughborough to show her what the small university town I live in is like. The first day showing her around I came across the carillon which, at first I must admit, I thought was a simple memorial tower with access to the top of the tower for a view.

I am exceptionally disappointed, but only in myself. Mostly for being here for two years with missing this gem hidden in plain sight.

What you would not expect this tower holds is a small but powerful museum filled with donations and artefacts from all local military ties ranging from the old times with swords right the way up to the modern day. These artefacts range from the standard *decomissioned* weaponry down to personal artefacts made by soldiers on the frontline for their families.

The museum, during my visit, is currently undergoing a reshuffle and I was lucky enough to handle some of these rifles, a sten gun and a .357 handgun. All of which my girlfriend was equally excited to.
There are some weapons which are actually on display to be handled including a rifle and a Bren LMG.

All weapon excitement aside there are lovely staff and curators full of the knowledge of the local military history and great interesting stories from the people. Dave, I believe, is an incredible asset to the museum and kept me around for ages, by choice. Telling me in depth stories of German bombers crashing, local people's reactions and the history of the tower itself.

Speaking of the staff, the workforce is entirely voluntary. The curators work as a labour of love and it shows that it is their real passion.

Reaching the top of the tower about three hours after I expected to, I was treated to an exceptionally special and somewhat romantic sunset view allowing you to see much past the Loughborough borders and for miles further. I was treated to yet another great surprise as the bells, ranging from about 6 inches to thee or four foot in diameter clearly on display. All well maintained and still in a playable position.

Reaching the ground floor again, I was greeted by the friendly reception staff and it suddenly came to me that this great historical monument was only one pound for entry. A small donations box was nearby which was hurriedly filled with many more coins around.

The carillon is a hidden gem in the heart of Loughborough which is incredible value for money run by volunteers with a knowledge of an encyclopaedia. Worth so much more than the pound which is required. A much recommended attraction.
Written July 23, 2015
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19alex94
Edinburgh, UK158 contributions
Business
You have a nice view from the top of the tower but to get there you have to go through a war glorifying museum.
Written August 2, 2015
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War glorifying museum? That is certainly not our aim and if Lukas E could give us specific examples as to how we are glorifying war then we will address it.
Written September 3, 2016
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Mark B
16 contributions
Family
It is one of a handful in the country, The first one completed after the great war and has a peel of Loughborough bells in it. I do wish they would have the museum open more often but if the door is open go in it is worth it.
Written May 22, 2015
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Martin G
St Ives, UK2,516 contributions
Couples
I have been coming to Loughborough since 1978 and lived here between 1984 and 1987 when my son was born too. I have never been in Queen's Park before although I have known about the Carillion Tower WW1 War Memorial.

This is 10 acres a excellently kept and immaculate parkland which was resplendent in the early May sunshine with the flower beds in red, white and blue blooms to denote the VE Day celebrations.

There is plenty of space for kids to run around, kick foofballs, cycle and skate. Queen's Park also co-locates the Charnwood Museum and the Queen's Park Cafe. This is an idyllic spot with running water and fountains to be found in the centre of Loughborough.

A must visit attraction, especially on a bright, warm and sunny spring Sunday morning.
Written May 10, 2015
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SusieQ008
Leicester, UK156 contributions
I worked in Loughborough and spent many lunches in the park. The carillon is best heard while sitting in the sun.
Written April 5, 2012
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leicestereve
leicestershire67 contributions
Friends
This is a lovely memorial tower to the war dead in both the first and the second world war. It contains a bell room which you can view as you pass it on the way to the viewing platform. This gives a good view of Loughborough. There is also an interesting museum on the first floor. In the summer there are regular recitals of bell music.
Written December 15, 2011
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Richard M
Loughborough, UK14 contributions
Family
If you live in Loughborough, or are visiting Loughborough the Carrillon is not to be missed. Situated in in Queens Park (as well as Loughborough Mueseum which is free) it shows war time artefacts and some bells. Made at Loughboroughs John Taylor Bell foundry, which is world famous (and ive never visited there).

I think kids go free, and my kids enjoyed racing up the tower, seeing the exhibition and then enjoying the view.

the green topped tower can be seen from miles away, and if you visit the Beacon, you can pin point Loughborough town centre when you see the Carrilon.
Written February 13, 2017
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Dear Richard, Thank you for your support. I can confirm that childre do go for free. We are closed at the moment but re-open on Good Friday. Every day except Monday 1 pm till 4.30 pm
Written February 21, 2017
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