Carillon Tower Queen's Park Loughborough

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Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum


Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum

The Loughborough Carillon Tower in Queen's Park was built after the First World War as a memorial to the local men who gave their lives while serving their country.

The idea of a permanent memorial was first raised in the town council in 1918. Despite other suggestions, a carillon tower was their favoured option from the outset and design plans were finalised in 1919. The 46-metre high Carillon Tower was designed by Sir Walter Tapper and was built by William Moss & Sons Ltd of Loughborough, funded by public subscription.The tower houses 47 bells, crafted by John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough.  The top level is accessed by a spiral staircase of 138 steps. Once you've reached this level, the viewing balcony offers wonderful  views over Loughborough and across the Soar Valley.

The unveiling and dedication of the monument took place on Sunday 22nd July 1923 with Field Marshal Sir William Robertson performing the unveiling and the Bishop of Peterborough pronouncing the dedication.

Elgar's "Memorial Chimes"
One of the most memorable moments of the unveiling was the playing of the piece of music specially composed for the event by Edward Elgar titled "Memorial Chimes".

The manuscript, donated to Charnwood Borough Council in the 1950s, was rediscovered in 2012 and is now on prominent display in the nearby Charnwood Museum..

The tower is a Grade II listed building. There are bell recitals every Thursday and Sunday from 1pm until 2pm throughout the summer.


Please read this important information before visiting as the Carillon Tower has restricted accessibility and lots of stairs. Carillon Tower Location and Accessibility

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Queen's Park, Queen's Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1HA

Tel: 01509 233754

Opening Times

Museum Opening Times (9 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Tuesday11:00 - 15:00
Wednesday - FridayClosed
Saturday11:00 - 15:00
Bank HolidayClosed



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      • By Cycle
      • By Walking
      • Family Fun - There is an under 12s play area, bowling green and an aviary.
      • Indoor Attraction
      • On-Site café/restaurant - The cafe is in the nearby Charnwood museum
      • Outdoor Attraction
      • Picnic Site - Queen's Park is a pleasant urban park with flower beds, grassy areas and water features with ducks and swans. There is plenty of space for picnics - please take your litter with you.
      • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Toilet facilities are available at the Charnwood Museum and there are public toilets in the park, including a free 'disabled' toilet for people with a radar key.

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      • All major credit/debit cards accepted

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      • In Market Town
      • In town/city centre - The Carillon Tower is located the middle of Queen's Park, which is near to the centre of Loughborough and within walking distance of local buses and trains from Leicester, Nottingham and Derby.

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