Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower – what is it? I remember last year going on a little walkabout some of Bristol’s historic parts. In fact, it was pretty much on the same walk where I took in the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial.
Not long after I took that photo, I made a foray on to Brandon Hill. I remember that day as I’m sure it was a Sunday in February. I first couldn’t help but see the ridiculous amount of squirrels around – I thought they usually go into hibernation at that time.
Second, while I was walking through the wooded area, I looked up at my right, and noticed the below structure standing tall in the winter sun:
Cabot Tower was built in the 1890s. It’s purpose was to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol to what would later become known as Canada. This memorial was funded publicly at a cost of £3250 – a tidy sum at the time.
The tower was briefly closed to the public in 2007 after cracks appeared in the structure. This was caused by corroded reinforced steel which affected the brickwork. After years of restoration, the tower was reopened in 2011.
Visiting Cabot Tower
Cabot Tower is open Monday to Sunday during most hours of the day. However, I suggest visiting in the summer and autumn months where you can see everything in full bloom, as well as take in the autumn colours. There is no charge for entry. However, please check the Bristol City Council website for any changes.