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John Cabot's Bristol Tower


John Cabot's Bristol Tower



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The Cabot Tower was built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot's voyage from Bristol on the Matthew in 1497. It was on this voyage that he discovered what is now known as Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. You'll find Cabot Tower in Brandon Hill, a large public park just a short walk (or even shorter bus ride!) from Bristol City Centre. There is free admission to the tower and it's open daily from 8am to 7pm. We should warn you though - it is 105 feet tall, but don't let that put you off trekking up the stairs to the top - the panoramic views over Bristol are spectacular. A unique feature of the tower is that on the ledges at the top, engraved into the stone, are arrows pointing to various locations worldwide and the distance to them from that point. It's a great photo opportunity and one of Bristol's most famous landmarks. It is closed at present for restoration work.

5 Oct, 2008

 

Interesting photo and thanks for the detail in your comments.:o)

5 Oct, 2008

 

Very interesting there, Matthew....Funny you mentioned about the arrows with the distances to the places mentioned, there is a sign by the Cabot Tower over here with the same thing....

6 Oct, 2008



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