The Bell Tower
Historic bells housed in an iconic tower
Noteworthy for: The ancient bells are the oldest in Australia. One bell alone weighs a whopping 456kg.
The striking glass and steel tower on the banks of the Swan River near Barrack Street Jetty house the royal bells of St-Martins-in-the-Fields, gifted to the people of Western Australia by the British Government in 1988 in celebration of the national bicentennial. Dating from the 14th century, the bells were recast in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I and are the only set of royal bells known to have left England.
To hear the magnificent sound of the bells being rung, get to the tower for the daily practice between 12noon and 1pm, except on Wednesdays and Fridays when, between 11.30am and 12.30pm, demonstrations are given and visitors can have a go themselves. There is a fee to enter the tower but the 360-degree views from the top are pretty spectacular.