Book Your Place on a Carillon Tour Today

Media Release

19 March 2013

Bookings are now open for a limited number of guided tours inside the National Carillon.

Throughout April, National Capital Authority (NCA) volunteer guides will give 45 minute tours of the National Carillon, including a chat with a carillonist. Tours will be conducted on Thursdays and Saturdays during April (except ANZAC Day) at 12.30pm and 1.30pm.

NCA Chief Executive, Gary Rake said it is a great opportunity to learn more about one of Canberra's iconic buildings.

'If you have ever wondered how the carillon works, how it is played, or what the view is like from the top then come along,' Mr Rake said.

'Visitors will be taken to all three floors of the carillon tower. The first contains the chamber for the clavier, the instrument that operates the bells. Above this is the carillon chamber itself, featuring 55 bronze bells. You will also get the chance to meet our world-class carillonists and listen to a performance.

'Guided tours are available every Thursday and Saturday in April, but they do fill up quickly so we recommend you get in early to book,' he said.

Bookings are essential. There is a maximum of eight people per tour. 

'While you have your diary open, block out Sunday 21 April from 11am to 3pm for the Carillon Frolic. This free event is packed with activities including children's entertainment, picnic games and recitals. You will also be encouraged to join the bell ringing performances on the day,' Mr Rake said.

The National Carillon is located on Aspen Island, Kings Park off Wendouree Drive in Canberra. It was a gift from the British Government to the people of Australia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national capital.

The National Carillon is proudly supported by Colliers International.