Whitechapel Bell Foundry

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Whitechapel Bell Foundry information

London , United Kingdom
Street 32-34 Whitechapel Rd
Extras E1
Getting there
tube Aldgate East, Whitechapel
More information
tours per person £12
Opening hours
tours 10am, 1.30pm & 4pm selected Sat, shop 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
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The Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been standing on this site since 1738, although an earlier foundry nearby is known to have been in business in 1570. Both Big Ben (1858) and the Liberty Bell (1752) in Philadelphia were cast here, and the foundry also cast a new bell for New York City’s Trinity Church, damaged in the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001.

The 1½-hour guided tours (maximum 25 people) are conducted on particular Saturdays and Wednesdays (check the website) but are often booked out a year in advance. During weekday trading hours you can view a few small but informative exhibits in the foyer and buy bell-related items from the shop.