Tucked away at the side of Bristol’s busy Park Street shopping district, the imposing structure of Cabot Tower dominates the Bristol skyline as the Tower surveys the magnificent view overlooking Brandon Hill Park, across Bristol and out to the Mendip Hills.
This 105-foot tower, a blend of red sandstone and Bath cream stone was built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage of discovery the famous explorer left Bristol onboard The Matthew, and although intending to find Asia, landed on the coast of what would become Canada in 1497.
From the top of Cabot Tower, the whole of Bristol unfolds into the distance – making the steep climb well worth it, especially on a clear day.
Ascending the Tower
Climbing Cabot Tower is an adventure in itself. The 109 very narrow, spiral steps lead to the top, where visitors are rewarded with breath taking panoramic views
Be prepared is all I will say, At busy times you might find ascending up the tower quite time consuming as you will need to stop on the stairs and allow people who are coming down the stairs to pass, Its all part of the character of this great tower.