Located on Riverside Drive and looking out over the Swan River, the Swan Bells Tower is one of Perth’s most unusual and must-visit tourist attraction. The uniquely designed building was the result of a major architectural competition. At the Swan Bells Tower, visitors will have the opportunity to witness scenic views of Perth and experience traditional bells manually rung as they echo throughout the city.
- The Bells – In 1988, to commemorate Australia’s bicentenary, twelve bells from the historic St Martin-in-the-Fields and five specially cast bells were presented to the City of Perth. Both the London diocese of the Church of England and the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields condoned the project, but ultimately, two of the additional bells came as gifts from London and Westminster respectively. One final bell, to make up the ring of eighteen, was commissioned by the Government of Western Australia to celebrate the second millennium. With eighteen bells now in place, the Swan Bells Bell Tower had a full ring, all of which are rung for the enjoyment of visitors between 12pm and 1pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Change Ringing – The folk art of Change Ringing, the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a series of patterns called ‘changes’, has existed since the 17th century. The Swan Bells Bell Tower is one of the few places in Australia where visitors can see the art being practiced, as volunteers from a change ringing group come and ring the bells regularly. Visiting change ringers are encouraged to contact the tower in advance to ring the bells, but the Swan Bells is also a location where those interested might begin to learn this art for themselves.
- The View – Outside of the bells, the big attraction at the Swan Bells Bell Tower is the view from the tower. Standing at a height of 82.5 metres, the tower guarantees an impressive view from its many viewing and observation decks. Constructed primarily of glass, visitors will find ample opportunity to view the beautiful vistas of the surrounding area, which includes the Swan River and Perth City.
- Exhibition and Other Activities – Visitors can see exhibitions at the tower including a section called “About Time” which looks at the connection between ringing of bells and the passing of time. Visitors looking to embrace the romance of the Bell Tower will also find they can purchase a love lock to leave on the chains outside the iconic tower. These locks, available for purchase and engraved at a cost of $30 are an ideal way to celebrate and memorialise an anniversary or special occassion.
|Child (5 – 14 years)||$9|
|Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children)||$30|
|Love Locks, engraving of two names and date||$30|
- Best Time To Visit – Although there are a range of activities while the bells are not ringing, the experience of the Swan Bells Bell Tower is most impressive when the bells are heard. The bells are rung on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 1pm. Those who cannot visit at this time will be able to see single bell handling demonstrations on Wednesday and Friday between 11:30am and 12:30pm.
- Events At The Tower – The Swan Bells Bell Tower hosts a number of events every year. It’s available to hire as a venue for weddings, celebrations and even memorial ceremonies should you wish to make the most of the atmosphere and the ringing of the bells.
- Nearby Attractions – The proximity of the Swan Bells Bell Tower means there is much that visitors can do on a day trip to the area. The entire Perth CBD is within easy walking distance, and nearby attractions include the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum and of course the Swan River.
- Walk: The Swan Bells Bell Tower is located in Barrack Square in Perth’s CBD, a short walk from the centre of the city.
- Bus: Catch the Blue Cat Bus, which travels in a loop to a number of attractions, including Barrack Square where the Swan Bells are located, stop number two. Alternatively, take a Hop-On Hop-Off bus around a number of Perth attractions in one day.
- Tour: Take a tour that allows you to see a number of Perth attractions in the CBD and surrounding area led my a professional and expert guide, like the History and Cultural Heritage Tour of Perth, which includes the Swan Bells Bell Tower among other interesting attractions.
- The bells in the Swan Bells Bell Tower are recognized as being one of the largest musical instruments in the world.