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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Hop aboard your City Sightseeing open-air bus from any of the 20 routed stops that are conveniently situated around the city. Take a seat inside or on the open-air top deck then sit back and relax as you ride through Oxford home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world.With your 24- or 48-hour ticket choose to stay on the bus for the entire loop or hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the city’s sights. See the Itinerary for a list of stops. As you travel plug into the informative audio commentary and admire the timeworn honey-colored buildings.Perhaps hop off at the New Road stop to visit Oxford Castle. Learn how the medieval Norman castle was mostly destroyed during the English Civil War
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Entrance Ticket to Brunel's ss Great Britain
"The entrance ticket to Brunel's SS Great Britain allows you to explore cabins saloons and access all areas of the ship to take in the sights sounds and smells of a Victorian voyage. Climb the rigging dress up in Victorian costumes and see a working replica of the engine. Head below the ship where desert-like conditions preserve the hull. Don’t miss the Dockyard Museum which takes visitors through a million miles spent at sea and 170 years of fascinat you will be able to purchase a dockyard companion which will give you more information about your visitor experience and the SS Great Britain’s fascinating history.Descend ‘under water’ in the Dry Dock to see the spectacular sights of the ship’s and the high-tech glass ‘sea’ now protecting the oldest iron hull in the world. Follow this with a visit to the Dockyard Museum where you can view archive film footage which captures the excitement and emotion of the SS Great Britain’s homecoming. Here you can also take the time to discover the highs and lows of the ship’s dramatic history
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City Sightseeing Bath Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"With great views from the top of the bus strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary this truly is the best way to see the sights of Bath.On this City Sightseeing tour you can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard the open-top double-decker bus. There are 15 stops and the entire route takes approximately 45 minutes. The bus departs every 10 - 30 minutes from each stop. Tickets are valid for 24 hours from firs The Royal Crescent The Circus Great Pulteney Street and Pulteney Bridge
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Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill Tips (12)

No, we discovered America

Cabot Tower was built in 1897-8 to commemorate John Cabot's Bristol-financed voyage to the New World in 1497. Whatever it's architectural merits, (eclectic Late Victorian to put it kindly, the work of the delightfully named local architect William Venn Gough, who also had a hand in the Granary and was responsible for Colston Girl's School) it makes a picturesque enough landmark from a distance and obviously affords a fantastic view.
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TheLongTone
Jun 13, 2016

Cabot Tower

John Cabot was born in Italy in 1450,By 1495 he moved to Bristol with his family. Cabot tower is a fab place just to chill out on a warm Saturday or Sunday afternoon,with just a short walk from all the bars on Park street,(Bristol's best hang out place)
Cabot tower is 32 metres tall,you enter the tower (free entry) and then climb up a small spiral stair way (79 steps to the 1st look out platform,have a breather then another 29 steps to the second viewing platform) with great views over looking Bristol,Bristol harbour,and the fabulous SS great Britain.
Cabot tower was built in 1897 and officially opened to the public in 1898 to commemorate John Cabot's famous voyage from Bristol and the continent of north America on his ship the Matthew 400 years earlier.

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30 am to 5.30 pm Friday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

Tower opening times only.
Park open all hours

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paddington28
May 29, 2015

Lovely park, stunning views.

Although you are most likely to visit Brandon Hill Nature Park for a look at the impressive Cabot Tower (see seperate tip), the Park itself has much to offer including some stunning views over the City. for example, if you look closely at the landscape image, you can see the masts of the S.S, Great Britain morred in the harbour (see seperate tip and travelogues). It also has a considerable history and lays claim to being the oldest municipal open space in England, having come into possession of Bristol Corporation as far back as 1174 although it did not become used for recreational purposes until 1625. Continuing this theme of "firsts", part of the Park was set aside as a nature park, and again was the first in England.

There are numerous events held in the Park during the year, and apparently it is popular with picnickers in fine weather. On a practical note, the Park is always open and there are toilets near the top. Other access is available from Jacob Wells Road and Berkely Square.

I visited on a fairly chilly and not very bright October weekday and had the place more or less to myself. However, the leaves were on the turn, I was well-wrapped up and the fresh air and solitude so close to the bustling City centre combined to provide a very pleasant morning. simple pleasures I suppose you could say. I was on a bit of a photography mission although the results were mixed due to my technical ineptitude in low light. I will let you judge for yourself.

I like, when I can, to include advice which may be of use to disabled travellers and so it is with some regret that I have to report that, because of the very nature of the place, Brandon Hill park is not really suitable for persons of limited mobility or in wheelchairs.

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planxty
Mar 18, 2011

It's that Mr. Cabot again!

I have mentioned in other tips the strong association the city of Bristol has with Giovanni Caboto, better known as John Cabot the famous navigator. It was from here that he set sail, with backing from King Henry VII to sail to Asia although he ended up "discovering" Newfoundland in modern Canada instead. I put the word discovering in inverted commas as it is generally accepted now that the Vikings were the first Europeans to land in the Americas.

On the four hundredth anniversary of the voyage the worthies of the City, with a typical Victorian love of grand monuments, erected the Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill where it commands a fine view over the surrounding area. It stands an impressive 105 feet high and was built to the design of a man called Willaim Venn Gough who designed quite a number of important buildings in Bristol. There is a sister Tower standing in Newfoundland to mark the "other end" of the momentous journey.

Unfortunately, when I visited the Tower, it was closed to the public although there is a campaign underway to re-open it and repair work has begun including the removal of some of the hideous graffiti you can see in the photos.

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Mar 18, 2011
 
 
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excelent views

Walking up to Brandon Hill was one of the best moments in Bristol and it was free! This small park is situated in the centre of the city, 100 meters above the harbourside. I guess it gets crowded in the summer but it was almost empty in winter and we only met with some small birds. We loved looking down the city (you have the chance to take some great pics with excellent views over the city). Brandon hill is the oldest park in Bristol. It came into Bristol’s possession in 1174 and became public in 1625.

In the park you can visit the Cabot Tower, named after the explorer John Cabot. It was built in 1897 to celebrate Cabot’s discovery of North America in 1497 (he started his trip from Bristol). The tower is 32m high and it was designed by William Venn Gough. There is a spiral staircase inside but it was locked on our visit. It seems they try to repair some kind of damage in masonry around the viewing platforms. After walking in beautiful paths, on our way back we choosed a different way out so we walked down a path that took us down to the harbor.

The park is open daily 09:30 till dusk.

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mindcrime
Apr 27, 2009

Cabot Tower

This is an excellent starting point for touring Bristol, affording a great view of the city. Built in honor of the legendary explorer John Cabot, this tower stands 100 feet tall, atop Brandon Hill. Designed by Bristol architect William Venn Gough, it was completed in 1898.

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Tom_Fields
Jul 09, 2006

Spectacular views for FREE

The Cabot Tower was completed in 1897 to mark the 400th anniversary of local seafarer John Cabot 'discovering' North America. The tower rises to over 300 feet above sea-level, with panoramic 360 degree views of Bristol, Avon and Somerset. At the top level of the tower there are plaques on each side, telling you what you can see (and many things you can't ...like Cardiff, Madrid, Canada etc.).

The tower is FREE to enter and open from morning till dusk. However, the stone stairs are very steep and narrow. You need to listen very carefully for footsteps of people coming in the opposite direction!!

The Tower is set in the middle of Bristol, in the very pretty Brandon Nature Park. It is close to Bristol Museum and within view of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

As you can see from my other travel pages, I like climbing up things to see the view. This is the best place in Bristol to do it!!

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aaaarrgh
Sep 23, 2005

Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower.

This is a great oasis in the middle of the city! Lots of squirrels to feed, often an ice cream van and it's the best place to watch balloons taking off from Ashton Court when it's the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in August!

(But watch out around the public toilets as they are reputed to be popular with some men looking for a 'meaningful' relationship!!)

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Jun 25, 2004
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BIRD'S EYE BRISTOL

For the best view of Bristol you must visit 'Cabot Tower'. Built over a hundred years ago to commerate John Cabot's voyage to America in 1497 (when he arguably discovered Newfoundland).

Situated on Brandon Hill, the tower is 100ft high with 108 small spiral steps to crawl up. The view is DEFINATELY WORTHWHILE, and you can always feed the friendly squirrells with nuts on your way back.

OPEN: Everyday (other than Christmas Day and Boxing Day). 09:30am - Dusk.

ADMISSION: Free!

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Duffelgirl
Apr 26, 2003

Brandon Hill

That's a sign just up on Brandon Hill..
Try to read it and when you understand the actual meaning of the sign please e-mail me!!
And something else...
It's not a stolen picture!!! It just happen to be the same as the one that "pollon" has in her Bristol page!!!
Funny how some times we are impressed by the same things!!
If you notice carefully there is a small difference on the sign
Mine has a question mark added by someone...
I believe that we took the picture just after "pollon" did. (that picture was the reason that I met with "pollon"- Chiara)

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JuliaK
Apr 02, 2003

Brandon Hill

Well this is a place that I haven't visit yet...though I plan to. The picture was taken by my boyfriend in one of his "photo-taking" days out. It looks like a great place and is very popular during spring and summer, where people go there to enjoy the green and the sun.

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JuliaK
Mar 12, 2003

Take a walk through Brandon...

Take a walk through Brandon Hill, a small park situated right in the centre of the city. From Cabot Tower there are great views of the city and out across to the Mendip Hills.

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steven-uk
Aug 26, 2002

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