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Whitechapel Bell Foundry

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Address: 32-34 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW, England
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08:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:30

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Very interesting factory, but soon to be CLOSED forever

My companion and I visited this factory twice, and learned a great deal about bells and bell making. The people were wonderful. We were fascinated with a letter from the company... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
New York City, New York

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My companion and I visited this factory twice, and learned a great deal about bells and bell making. The people were wonderful. We were fascinated with a letter from the company to the President of the US in 1976 offering to accept return of the Liberty Bell and replace it with a new bell. The President rejected the offer. Sad... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had heard that the Whitechapel Bell Foundry was closing, so I just had to take some photos before it had gone forever. I often pass by this building on my travels, but sorry to say, I never gave it a second glance before. It is a part of our heritage and a great little piece of history in the... More 

Thank YeovilWuppy
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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
London, United Kingdom
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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!!!

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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 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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 

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