National Carillon

National Carillon

Please note, while restrictions put in place to respond to COVID-19 are easing, there may be some changes to business-as-usual to keep workers and visitors safe. Please contact the business for the most up to date information, including opening times and social distancing measures.

The National Carillon and Aspen Island is closed for landscape development until April 2020. A major refurbishment of the the instrument will also happen - with two new bells, new clappers and an upgraded keyboard being installed. There will be no concerts until the National Carillon opens in 2020.

When the island and tower re-open it will be the 50th anniversary of the original dedication in 1970 - with a calendar of special anniversary events.

The National Carillon was a gift of the British Government to the people of Australia in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Capital.

  • The National Carillon on an autumn day
    The National Carillon sits on Aspen Island in Lake Burley Griffin
  • National Carillon and Lake Burley Griffin
    National Carillon

DETAILS

OPENING HOURS

Hear recitals Wednesdays and Sundays 12.30pm to 1.20pm.

COSTS

Free

ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled access available, contact operator for details

Location

National Carillon

Aspen Island, Wendouree Drive, Kings Park, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Features

Barbeque

Carpark

Reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

BASED ON 198 REVIEWS

Ranked #32 of 223 things to do in Canberra on TripAdvisor

“Unfortunately closed for refurbishment until at least April 2020.”

Reviewed on 22/02/2020

We walked from the nearby car park in the hope of going onto the small island on which the Carillon sits only to be confronted by workmen's barriers and huts and a sign saying that the Carillon was...

Review by

westy54

“Superb”

Reviewed on 25/11/2019

Excellent carillon, one of the top 10 I’ve ever been too for sure. Coming back on a day when the bells are going is now firmly on my bucket list of things to do before the Gherigs gets me.
Warmest...

Review by

Travel211680

“Great views”

Reviewed on 21/10/2019

The National Carillon is a wonderful sight. We have seen it, from a distance, on numerous occasions, during visits to Canberra. It is always a stopper and is worth watching and listening to whenever...

Review by

Dimitris L

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