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Cabot Tower, Bristol

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Observation Deck Historic Site
The 32 F6m (105 ft) Cabot Tower is an icon of Bristol’s skyline. The tower commemorates the navigator and explorer John Cabot, and was constructed 400 years after he set sail from Bristol to North America. Walk up the spiral staircase (approximately 100 steps) and you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city. Be sure to bring along your camera, as the view includes picturesque parkland, the city harbor, and some of Bristol’s most famous attractions. The tower has two viewing platforms, breaking up the climb and providing views for those who can’t make it all the way to the top. Plan to visit Cabot Tower and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bristol attractions using our Bristol tourist route planner.
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  • Great views and fun to climb up the old tower. Very narrow staircase. Little gem to be found in the pretty park and recommended as a break from the city centre. Good option if visiting.  more »
  • What a great time had. Lots of steps. Narrow in places goinv up. The views are amazing though on a good day! Well worth a walk up and the grounds are pretty aswell!  more »
  • Great views of the city, well worth the climb. We have been up during the balloon festival in August, which is quite a sight.  more »
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  • Can be busy and hard to pass others in the very narrow twisting stairs climbing up - but there are two levels as to spread some viewers out. The steps inside are quite well-worn and can be slippy (an ode to the age of the structure), but the views from the top are amazing. I love visiting on a nice day - great to see out over the city and even to Bath!
  • Feed the squirrels in the park by hand. Enjoy the city views from the tower. Great spot to watch the Hot-Air Balloons during the Fiesta too!
  • Beautiful park overlooking the city and plenty of opportunities to capture some memorable photos. Tower staircase definitely can get cozy.
  • Lovely park to walk through. Great views from tower. 108 very narrow and steep stairs with 2 way traffic. Tower not disabled friendly
  • Pretty tower and fantastic views in a peaceful park - just be prepared to wait to get up or down the narrow staircase

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