Built in 1897 and opened on 6 September 1898, it commemorates the four hundredth anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage of discovery to America in 1497, when he set sail in the Matthew in search of a new route to Asia. It was designed by the Bristol architect William Venn Gough, (who claimed that the design was based on a tower in the Loire in France) and was paid for by public subscription. The tower is made of red sandstone dressed with cream coloured Bath stone. The winged figure on top of the spires represents Commerce. It is set 260 feet above the harbour and the tower is 105 feet high. The tower is a landmark that can be seen from many parts of the city and at night its beacon flashes a message in Morse Code.
Cabot Tower is situated in a public park on Brandon Hill.
Brandon Hill is one of Bristol’s most popular picnic spots with plenty to interest everyone, panoramic views of the city, and spectacular sunsets.
Brandon Hill is situated off Parks Street and can be accessed from Great George Street, Jacob Wells Road and Berkeley Square, just two minutes from the centre promenade.
Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm
Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm