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Coops Shot Tower

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Address: Lonsdale Street | Melbourne Central, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9922 1112

Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and architectural...

Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as evidence of an early industrial process, and for their association with the Coop family, who had extensive interests in shot manufacture and smelting – they owned both of the two remaining towers in Melbourne, the other being in Clifton Hill. The tower provides tangible evidence of the original process of lead shot production, a process now largely forgotten. Its form reflects the shot production process: the shot was produced by dropping molten lead through sieves at the top of the tower into water at the bottom. The height of the Tower was necessary to allow the shot to form into spheres before reaching the bottom. At the height of its productive life, the Tower was producing six tons of shot per week. Also manufactured in the associated buildings were a diverse range of lead products, including nails, washers, sheeting, tubes, pipes and solder for leadlighters and plumbers.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of historical significance as a reminder of the character of the 19th century city, in which residential, commercial and industrial uses existed in close proximity. There are now few remaining traces of central Melbourne's industrial past, giving the shot tower added importance.Coop's Shot Tower and Flanking Building are of architectural significance as a fine example of a rare and distinctive building type and as a Melbourne landmark for more than a century. The Tower was one of the tallest buildings in Melbourne for many years, second only to the shot tower in Clifton Hill, and remained a significant Melbourne landmark long after its closure. The building is carefully massed with its campanile-style central tower above the two storey factory with fine arched openings.

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Shot Tower lives to fight another day

Coops Shot Tower was once used to make lead pellets for shotgun cartridges. There's a lot more to the Tower than you might expect, it's quite a demonstration of the bricklayers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2016
Jeffry B
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The ever famous shot tower, with it's history, many people are interested in going to have a look for themselves. Inside Melbourne Central, (where Melbourne Central Railway Station is), it is situated within a shop that is in the tower. (You have to enter the shop in order to enter the museum and that shop is kinda pricy for me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

This is an unused shot tower in the middle of the business district.A very pretty old building in the middle of the new buildings.A must for tourists you will not miss it on your city walk.

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Melbourne C, CSO at Coops Shot Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for you're feedback. Don't forget to visit the free Shot Tower Museum next time you're here. It's located inside the Shot Tower, access is through the R.M Williams store. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Right in the middle of Melbourne cbd. Actually inside Central, surrounded by many Cafes and Retail Shops. The atmosphere is electric. A great place to visit while strolling around Melbourne.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Coops Shot Tower was once used to make lead pellets for shotgun cartridges. There's a lot more to the Tower than you might expect, it's quite a demonstration of the bricklayers' craft. The Tower is in Melbourne Central Station, Melbourne's Kingdom of Youth. Retaining the shot tower was a condition for approval of developing he site.

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Melbourne C, CSO at Coops Shot Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. You sound like you enjoy history and might be interested in our "Unlocked Tours" next time you're here. For more information or to book a tour visit our web site. We hope to see you back at Melbourne Central soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

After a hard morning shopping in Melbourne Central have a coffee in the area near the tower, relax and look back in time. The tower is an amazing contrast to all the modern fair around and add an air of peace to the shopping chaos.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

The most interesting thing about the shot tower is how Melbourne Central shopping has been built around it. Access to the tower is via RM Williams, where there are a few information panels and from here you can see the shute where the lead shot was made. There is a bit of information on how the shot was made. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

The Shot Tower Museum is situated in the middle of Melbourne Central shopping precinct. The museum itself tells the tale of Old Melbourne and its industrial growth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

So many things to do here, great food, shopping and I adore the shot tower itself. Definitely worth checking out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a superb example of keeping the old, tall, 1888 construction and surrounding it within a building of modern architecture and updated stores and eateries. The tower's survival of the 1960's demolition mania when many old buildings were demolished, is a true wonder in itself. As a child growing up in Melbourne, the tower standing so tall and erect... More 

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Melbourne C, Guest Relations Manager at Coops Shot Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for your wonderful comments Valerie. It sounds like you would really enjoy our "Unlocked Tour" which provides great insights to the centres past, the tower and the surrounding architecture. Visit our website for more information and to book. Hope to see you back in centre soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016 via mobile

I guess I found the whole precinct really interesting as a retail enthusiast and having the heritage mixed in and all so lively! If your in it just for the heritage angle you may be disappointed by the commercial surrounding it but to me it was exciting, interesting and overall worth seeing! Can't hurt to stroll past....

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Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.