Cabot Tower, Bristol

Cabot Tower, Bristol (must see)

Cabot Tower was built as a commemoration of the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's journey on the The Matthew. Cabot had set sail from Bristol in 1497 and landed in what would later be called Newfoundland in Canada.

The foundation stone of Cabot Tower was laid on June 24, 1897. The rest of the tower was completed over the course of the following year. The 105-foot tower was designed by architect William Venn Gough in the Neo-Gothic architectural style. The tower includes a spiral staircase that lead to two viewing platforms. The original plans included space for an elevator, but it was never installed.

Cabot Tower sits atop Brandon Hill on a site that was formerly occupied by a chapel, and then later a windmill. Visitors to the tower will find that Brandon Hill is a perfect spot for picnicking and walking. It is also known as the oldest open municipal space in the United Kingdom.

Brandon Hill is open all day and requires no admission fee. The tower is open daily from 8:15 AM to 6:15 PM.

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Cabot Tower on Map

Sight Name: Cabot Tower
Sight Location: Bristol, England (See walking tours in Bristol)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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