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“Book your place way in advance”

Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Ranked #75 of 718 Shopping in London
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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145 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Book your place way in advance”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

First I would like to say a big thank you to a gentleman called (Joel) from Western Illinois University for giving me a ticket - otherwise I wouldn't be writing this review. Having read an article it sounded quite interesting so I decided to go and have a look, little did I know you had to book and the next tour was in November! Details www.whitechapelbelfoundy.co.uk. The tour was very interesting and funny at times, the guide (was very good) goes through making a bell, tuning the bell, background of the company, decline in bell making, hand bells ... would be even better if I could read music. It was most enjoyable.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

We were a mixed group of bell ringers and their spouses/partners who had booked well in advance. It is the oldest surviving manufacturing company in Britain and maybe further afield. It is small and, as you would expect where bronze is smelted, not clean and tidy, but fascinating to see where an ancient craft is still carried out. You would not be surprised to see Fagin and his boys appear round the corner.
Everything you could want to know about the casting and/or ringing of bells is explained. There is wheel chair access to the building by arrangement but the upper 2 floors are approached by narrow stairs.

It was a good £12 per person experience

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Worth a visit, interesting history about the east end of London, but check its your cup of tea before visiting

Visited February 2013
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Devon
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381 reviews
136 attraction reviews
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“Excellent couple of hours.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Came in September. Booked well in advance. Seem to remember it was about £12 a head but easily worth it. Strongly recommended. Take the detail and advice on the website very carefully. This is a very u usual place. Probably the only place like this worldwide. It has been caught up in both British European and American history for many centuries. The tour is very well planned and conducted. Everything was clear and interesting. Whatever your age (but they don't allow under14s for safety reasons) it is fascinating. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“ding dong”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

Excellent tour. My wife and I went during the Jubilee celebrations, and were allowed to go round by ourselves and chat to the workers. Usually it's an organised group tour, so we were lucky to go during the period we went. Either way, a brilliant tour and well worth the £10.00 per person. Big ben, the American Liberty bell, and numerous other bells were cast here. At the end of the tour they have a set of hanging bells that ring all the peals known. Highly reccomended.

Visited August 2012
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