The Bell Tower Ringing Times

The Bell Tower is the only place in the world where bellringers can share their cultural heritage with visitors in such an open and accessible way.

You can hear the Ringers practicing their ancient art of 'Change Ringing' at the following times.

FULL BELL RINGING

Monday Noon - 1pm (12:00pm - 13:00pm)
Thursday Noon - 1pm (12:00pm - 13:00pm)
Saturday Noon - 1pm (12:00pm - 13:00pm)
Sunday Noon - 1pm (12:00pm - 13:00pm)

The bells are also rung on many other occasions, with 10-bell practices and Surprise Major Practices being held monthly. Contact the ringers for more information.
You can experience Bell Handling demonstrations with one of our volunteer Ringers on the following days.

BELL HANDLING DEMONSTRATIONS (single bell)

Wednesday 11:30am - 12:30pm
Friday 11:30am - 12:30pm

Please note that days and times are subject to change without notice. If you are planning a visit to hear our ancient bells or experience bell handling, please contact us in advance to reconfirm our ringing times.

TECHNIQUES OF BELL RINING
The simplest way of ringing is to ring the bells in order down the scale ('rounds'), and this can be done with any number from 3 to 16.

The order of the bells can be varied by a conductor calling out changes in order, for instance 1-2-3-4-5-6 can be changed to 2-1-3-4-5-6, and then to 2-1-4-3-5-6, and so on.

The next step is to ring a 'method', whereby the order of the bells changes at each pull, according to set mathematical principles.

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