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Coops Shot Tower, Melbourne

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Coop's Shot Tower is a shot tower located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, Australia. It was completed in 1888 and is 50 metres high. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84 m-high conical glass roof.Coop's Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top. The tower produced six tonnes of shot weekly up until 1961, when the demand for the lead shot dwindled, because of new firearm regulations. The tower was operated by the Coops family, who also managed Clifton Hill Shot Tower.Recently a museum called the Shot Tower Museum has been set up inside of the tower at the back of R.M. Williams, a tenant in the tower.The site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
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TripAdvisor
  • I do love seeing historic buildings and any building with character preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come. They add uniqueness and such character to their cities and offer an insight into...  more »
  • This was originally a high red-brick tower for manufacturing shot. In the 1990's when this large area was redeveloped and Melbourne Central Shopping Centre was built the tall tower was completely cove...  more »
  • Keeping history alive is what Melbourne seems to do best. To do this they spent amazing amount of money encasing an old gun pellet manufacturing plant within a glass cone and made it part of a very mo...  more »
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  • It was okay for quick photographs. Just a little bit crowded as it is inside shopping center.
  • There's a rather large food court with Western and Asian cuisine. Melbourne Central train station is right under it.
  • Old and new collide. Great shopping
  • This is a duplicate of The Shot Tower Museum.
  • Very touristy centre