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Whitechapel Bell Foundry

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Address: 32-34 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW, England
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011-44-20-7247-2599
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:30

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Amazing history

We just dropped in to the shop in passing and were made very welcome. There is a display area at the front setting out the history of bell making on the premises, which dates from... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Alec L
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Orpington, United Kingdom

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Orpington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We just dropped in to the shop in passing and were made very welcome. There is a display area at the front setting out the history of bell making on the premises, which dates from 1570. At the rear, there is a small shop. We were only there for about 20 minutes, but they do guided tours bookable in advance.... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

We went on a conducted tour --- tour leader was the owner. What an interesting history and step by step walk through of making bells

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Thank Langfords2010
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Although from the outside the Foundry looks like just another shop behind the front door there is a wealth of history. The Foundry opened in 1547 and despite the relatively small site in Whitechapel Road it has links to some very famous bells including the Liberty and Big Ben. Inside you get to play some tunes on bells and one... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

My wife and I visited the Whitechapel Bell Foundry on the recommendation of a friend; I knew of its existence but had never thought to go. We booked our tour and on arrival we were shown into a rather quirky, slightly cramped space while we waited for the tour to start. This space held lots of information on past visitors... More 

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

A lovely afternoon 90 minute tour of one of the oldest Bell Foundry's in the U.K. and on the planet. If you have been up to see Big Ben (the bell) then you will enjoy this. They have made anything from small bells in a pocket watch to the largest 9ft diameter bells of Big Ben. We were given a... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

It was great to visit the founders before it closes in March, we all really enjoyed the tour, it was quite sad to think that after march the founders will no longer be trading in this lovely historic building, to see the work benches, that must have seen some history, ladened with tools and unfinished bells was like looking into... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

I purchased 2 tickets for an April 2017 tour of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. In late November 2016, I received notice from Whitechapel Bell Foundry that they are cancelling tours from April 2017 and on. Today is January 19th 2017 and I am STILL attempting to receive a refund from Whitechapel Bell Foundry. I cannot recommend ANYONE purchase any 2017... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

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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Reviewed 15 December 2016

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 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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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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