THE date for the long-awaited reopening of Cabot Tower has been announced.
The iconic building on the top of Brandon Hill will be open to visitors on TuesdayAug 16, following a three-and-a-half-year closure for repairs.
Visitors will be allowed inside to climb the stairwell to the top of the grade two listed structure and enjoy panoramic views of Bristol from 1pm.
A £400,000 project to repair and restore the landmark 32m-high tower has now been completed after it had been encased in scaffolding for months.
Conservators have been busy carrying out vital work to the tower to make it safe since the beginning of the year following an Evening Post campaign to help save it.
It was closed to the public in November 2007 to allow a specialist investigation of cracks to the structure to be carried out and urgent repair works to be undertaken.
Bristol City Council and English Heritage worked together to oversee the tower’s restoration. It cost £420,000, including £200,000 from English Heritage, £150,000 from the council and the rest from grant funding.
The tower was built in 1896 to mark the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage to Newfoundland.