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Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Wills Memorial Building (also known as the Wills Memorial Tower or simply the Wills Tower) is a neo-Gothic building in Bristol, England, designed by Sir George Oatley and built as a memorial to Henry Overton Wills III by his sons George and Henry Wills. Begun in 1915 and not opened until 1925, it is considered one of the last great Gothic buildings to be built in England.
Standing near the top of Park Street on Queens Road, it is a landmark building of the University of Bristol that currently houses the School of Law and the Department of Earth Sciences, as well as the Law and Earth Sciences libraries. It is the third highest structure in Bristol, standing at 215 ft (65.5 m).
Many regard the building as synonymous with the University of Bristol. It is the centrepiece building of the university precinct and is used by the university for degree ceremonies and examinations, which take place in the Great Hall.
Architecture commentator Nikolaus Pevsner described it as:

"a tour de force in Gothic Revival, so convinced, so vast, and so competent that one cannot help feeling respect for it."It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building and serves as a regional European Documentation Centre.
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  • This is a truly spectacular, grand & imposing University building! It towers over the street with its huge Gothic architecture. We’d actually no idea what it was as we approached it, assumed it was a....  more »
  • Possibly the most significant building at the University of Bristol, the Wills Memorial Tower, was built in the first quarter of the 20th century. It is an icon of the Gothic revival style in...  more »
  • Beautiful building and an impressive first point of entry to the university. I only visited the main hall which is impressive of itself, but long round trip to the loo! Entry to the building can be restricted so don't just wander in- you might be told off! There are tours up the tower on selected days of the month (check their website for exact dates) for a small fee but make sure you book in advance otherwise you may not get a space.
  • Took a fantastic tour of thr building. Daniel was incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. Fantastic to see Bristol from a different perspective. If you are in Bristol, this is something you definitely don't want to miss. Bank Holiday Mondays at 1pm. Every Sunday at 12 and 1pm, only £4 for students.

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