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Wills Memorial Building, Bristol

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The Wills Memorial Building (also known as the Wills Memorial Tower or simply the Wills Tower) is a Neo Gothic building 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.
Situated near the top of Park Street on Queens Road in Bristol, United Kingdom, 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 of Bristol 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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  • Look out for the people stood out front booking tours of the bell tower - well worth all the steps for great views across Bristol, and to be in the bell room when that huge bell is struck (every...  more »
  • My boyfriend got us tickets for the evening tour at Wills Memorial last weekend. It made for a really fun date night, as we went for dinner afterwards on Park Street. The Tour Guides were really...  more »
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  • 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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