Whitechapel Bell Foundry

 
 
ADDRESS
32-34 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1 1DY 
 
TELEPHONE
 
OPENING TIMES
Office hours: Mon to Fri 8am-4.15pm | Shop hours: Mon to Fri 9am-4.15pm | Tours: Sat 10am & 2pm
 
PRICES
Tours: £10
 

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Whitechapel Bell FoundryThe Whitechapel Bell Foundry is Britain's oldest manufacturing company - and they've got an entry in the Guinness Book of Records to prove it. Founded in 1570, during Queen Elizabeth I's reign, they've been casting bells here ever since. Famously, the bell that tolls at Big Ben was cast here in 1858 and at 13 and a half tons, remains the largest bell ever cast at Whitechapel. The original Liberty Bell (1752) and the Great Bell of Montreal also originated here. Today, you can still the foundry still deals in the manufacture of large church bells, single tolling bells, carrillon bells and handbells as well as the associated accessories and installation. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the Foundry was kept busy replacing peals lost to bombing raids and fires, including the bells of St Mary-Le-Bow and St Clement Danes of 'Oranges and Lemons' nursery rhyme fame. As the foundry is still very much an active business tours are not available during working hours. However, you can book in for a visit on select Saturdays (tours begin at 10am and 2pm, arrive 15 minutes beforehand) and group tours get booked out well in advance.

 

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Opening and closing times for Whitechapel Bell Foundry

Today (Friday) Whitechapel Bell Foundry closes at 16.30

Monday:

9.00
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16.30
 
 

Tuesday:

9.00
-
16.30
 
 

Wednesday:

9.00
-
16.30
 
 

Thursday:

9.00
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16.30
 
 

Friday:

9.00
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16.30
 
 

Saturday:

Closed
 
 

Sunday:

Closed
 
 

LondonTown.com - Whitechapel Bell Foundry Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Aldgate East Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Shadwell Overground Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Arch Car Parking
 
6 minutes walk
 
Spitalfields Car Park
 
9 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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