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“Amazing, well worth a visit”

Wills Memorial Building
Ranked #3 of 192 things to do in Bristol
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Owner description: Take a tour of the Bristol University Wills Memorial building and meet the 7th largest bell in the UK, as well as being there when the famous Great George strikes. Whilst on the tour, you can climb to the top of the 215ft tower and see the panoramic views of Bristol. You will also visit the Great Hall, the Library, the Old Council Chamber and the Reception Room. The tours are held on the first Wednesday and Saturday of each month. However, due to an increase in demand, tours are also being held most Saturdays at 12:30pm. Wednesday tours are at 12:15 and 12:30. Saturday tours are at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30 Prices Visitors: £5 Students and Senior Citizens: £3 Children between 8 - 11: £1 The Tour is not suitable for children under 8 years of age. Group bookings and night tours are available upon request.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Amazing, well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

I went here as part of the Bristol Open Doors day, free tours and a lot of the University open. We had a look around the hall (which I believe is where the graduation ceremony is held), this is an amazing room. Totally stunning. Before you even get there though, wow at the initial entrance.

We booked to go on a tour up to the top of the tower. This was amazing but when they say don't do it if you aren't fit enough or have vertigo believe them. There are two parts, you can go up a small set of steps to where the bell is and walk around there, they then give you an option to stay there or go up the narrow (no jokes!) staircase to the top. Of course I did this and I was rewarded with some of the best views of Bristol I've ever seen. It was a beautiful sunny morning so just perfect. They do open the tower up once a month also but you need to prebook and there's a small fee but that goes to charity.

We also had a peep into the council rooms and the library, totally stunning building. If you get the chance go. You'll not regret it.

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“Had to pay 3 years University tuition just to get in”
Reviewed July 17, 2012

Graduation ceremonies are held mostly in this building, particularly mid July.
It's not normally allowed to gain access as it's part of Uni of Bristol. Parents 2 people max, are allowed to attend the Graduations which are held 3 times per day.
Be aware that seating is first come first served so if you want front row view of graduands, then get there early.
As you see from photos provided by other TA contributors, it's a nice big building and impressive inside. The Uni dignitaries sit in a stacked semi circle behind the lead Degree and further degree conveyor, facing the audience. Bit of a contrived entrance and the highlight is identifying the silliest outfit. Since all these people are out looking form jobs, rather thought the ceremony should be concluded with Land if Hope and Glory, rather than God save The Queen.
Anyway, the chap got his degree, so all worth it

Visited July 2012
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“try and get inside”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

imposing structure from the outside, but do try and get inside to visit the great hall, although this will probably not be possible as it is part of Bristol Uni and access is usually restricted. Worth going to an event there just to see the hall.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

lovely archeticture, seems to chance ever time i see it. nice at night when lit up

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Stunning on a huge scale!”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

Talk about dominating the surrounds! The Bristol Uni Wills Building towers over the centre of Bristol, looking more like a massive cathedral than a University campus building. The artwork is stunning and the scale of the building is staggering. An absolute must-see for Bristol visitors.

Visited August 2011
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