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Coops Shot Tower, Melbourne

3.6
#36 of 60 in Sightseeing in Melbourne
Landmark Tourist Spot
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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  • Very unusual buildings. Surrounding the Tower each building itself is boring and I think it is, but the idea is novel. Located in Melbourne, were excellent, so walking around the city to think what fun to go to.
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  • A heritage building was in the way of a major new shopping complex so they just incorporated it into the footprint of the facility. It is the cleanest building in the world because it is under glass. ...  more »
  • 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 »
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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

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