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Cast Your Gaze Across the City Skyline from the Netherlands Carillon

"From the People of the Netherlands to the People of the United States."

Visitors take photos of Washington, DC from the Netherlands Carillon.
Visitors take photos of Washington, DC from the Netherlands Carillon.

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This simple dedication on the Netherlands Carillon expresses the gratitude of the Dutch people for American aid received during and after World War II. The carillon itself symbolizes a friendship between the people of two countries, a friendship so rooted in a common allegiance to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy that it can weather any temporary differences of opinion.


The 50 bells of the Netherlands Carillon hang in an open steel tower, a symbol of Dutch regard for American aid during and after World War II. The carillon's peaceful setting, with its floral libraries and sculpted lions, is the perfect place to listen to the music of the bells.

The grounds of the Netherlands Carillon offer sweeping views of Washington, DC. In temperate weather the grassy slope and large shade trees form a perfect picnic spot.
Details

Pets must be on a leash that is no more than six feet long and pet owners must dispose of waste in a trash can.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

George Washington Memorial Parkway, Arlington, VA 22209

Directions

The Netherlands Carillon is in Virginia near Arlington National Cemetery.

By Car

From VA 110 south turn right onto Marshall Drive, then follow signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

From US 50 east take the exit for Rosslyn and the Key Bridge. Turn right onto Meade Street at the top of the ramp. Turn left on Marshall Drive, then follow the signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

From US 50 west cross into Virginia on the Roosevelt Bridge and take the exit for Rosslyn and the Key Bridge. Turn left onto Meade Street at the top of the ramp. Turn left on Marshall Drive, then follow the signs for the US Marine Corps War Memorial.

Parking is available at the US Marine Corps War Memorial. Buses should load and unload in the inner lane.

By Metro

The carillon is a 10-15 minute walk from either the Rosslyn or Arlington National Cemetery Metro station.

 

 

The carillon grounds are open year-round from 6 am until midnight.

For their safety, members of the general public cannot climb to the top of the bell tower.

Accessibility Information

If your questions concerning accessibility are unanswered after reading this webpage, please contact us at 703-289-2500 or e-mail us.

Service Animals

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.

Facilities

Handicap accessible parking is located at the US Marine Corps War Memorial. There are 3 wheelchair accessible parking spaces. From the parking area, there are two trails leading to the Carillon, one of which is handicap accessible. The paths surrounding the monument are asphalt.

Programs

Assistive listening devices, or large print brochures may be available by request or with advance notice. For information about individual park programs, please visit park websites. Accessibility information is located under the Plan Your Visit tab.

Last updated: May 5, 2017