Wills Memorial Building
Wills Memorial Building
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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 68m 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 Saturdays , Prices Visitors: £5 Students and Senior Citizens: Group bookings and Evening tours are available upon request.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • suzanne H
    United Kingdom9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating insight into a different world
    Excellent tour guides ensure the visit is interesting and memorable for all ages. Fascinating insight into the history of the WMB and some curious hidden places to explore. The views at the top are incredible, and as a Bristolian, it was a privilege to see the city from a very different viewpoint. Recommend!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Peter C
    Bristol, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour
    What a brilliant 90 minutes! Fantastic to see Bristol in a different way and to learn about the university. I have lived here for 50 years and this tour showed me that there is so much still to find out. Gary and his accomplice were knowledgeable and witty. The views from the top of the tower amazing. Best 5 quid I’ve spent in years.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Katie V
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab Experience 👌
    The staff were engaging and informative. Great visit, the walk to the top of the tower included a couple of rest breaks. The view from the top is worth the climb. Gary was a great character full of fun. Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Oldhasbeen
    Redhill, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very fine building, lots of interest
    Excellent tour of the building for a mere £5. You get a lot of history, some fine architecture and great views of Bristol from the top. And the guides were fun. Recommended whether you have any connection with Bristol university of not.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Ged
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very entertaining climb !
    A must see if you come to Bristol. The best views over the city in every direction. Our guides were very entertaining and knowledgeable, telling us all about the history of the University, its founders and recent celebrity alumni and honorary graduates. Lots of climbing of spiral staircases, so you may not be able to do the whole tour if you struggle with heights or enclosed spaces. Otherwise, a thoroughly recommended use of an hour and a half.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Debbie P
    Yeovil, United Kingdom184 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent value for money and worth the climb
    I have wanted to do the tower tour for a while now and had the opportunity to visit recently. We parked in Trenchard Street car park and is was a short walk. The £5 entry charge is excellent value for money. And the money goes to charity. It lasted about 90 minutes. It is only available at weekends I would advise booking as it was very popular when we went. The building is impressive as you approach it and is cathedral like inside with vaulted fan ceilings. Gary the tour guide and his colleagues, are very friendly and knowledgeable. You start the tour in the Great Hall with a talk about the history and past famous students at the university. You then make your way up to the top of the bell tower, this involves over 300 steps in enclosed spiral staircases. The climb is worth it for the view across Bristol. If you are on the 11 am tour you get the chance to see (and hear) the bell Great George, chime mid-day. The tour then visits the historic library and the council chambers where you get the chance to take a seat and recover from all the climbing and hear the history of the heraldry adorning the walls.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
  • Marta R
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for families too!
    Great place to visit. Harry Potter alike feels. Our son was absolutely amazed. Nice and funny guides. Highly recommend Cost £5 pp and £3 per child Time 90-100 min
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 February 2024
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Marta R
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great place to visit. Harry Potter alike feels. Our son was absolutely amazed. Nice and funny guides. Highly recommend

Cost £5 pp and £3 per child
Time 90-100 min
Written 20 February 2024
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Debbie P
Yeovil, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I have wanted to do the tower tour for a while now and had the opportunity to visit recently. We parked in Trenchard Street car park and is was a short walk.
The £5 entry charge is excellent value for money. And the money goes to charity. It lasted about 90 minutes. It is only available at weekends I would advise booking as it was very popular when we went.
The building is impressive as you approach it and is cathedral like inside with vaulted fan ceilings.
Gary the tour guide and his colleagues, are very friendly and knowledgeable. You start the tour in the Great Hall with a talk about the history and past famous students at the university. You then make your way up to the top of the bell tower, this involves over 300 steps in enclosed spiral staircases. The climb is worth it for the view across Bristol. If you are on the 11 am tour you get the chance to see (and hear) the bell Great George, chime mid-day.
The tour then visits the historic library and the council chambers where you get the chance to take a seat and recover from all the climbing and hear the history of the heraldry adorning the walls.
Written 30 January 2024
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Ged
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A must see if you come to Bristol. The best views over the city in every direction. Our guides were very entertaining and knowledgeable, telling us all about the history of the University, its founders and recent celebrity alumni and honorary graduates.
Lots of climbing of spiral staircases, so you may not be able to do the whole tour if you struggle with heights or enclosed spaces. Otherwise, a thoroughly recommended use of an hour and a half.
Written 21 January 2024
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srtrevett123
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I thought it would be interesting but I didn’t think it would be as funny as this. Recommended, especially as the modest cost goes to charity.
Written 10 December 2023
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georgiafbrown
London, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Fantastic tour of the building, uni and clock tower! Great guides, definitely recommend as it’s so cheap and the money goes to charity!
Written 9 December 2023
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Oldhasbeen
Redhill, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Excellent tour of the building for a mere £5. You get a lot of history, some fine architecture and great views of Bristol from the top. And the guides were fun.
Recommended whether you have any connection with Bristol university of not.
Written 19 November 2023
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Katie V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The staff were engaging and informative. Great visit, the walk to the top of the tower included a couple of rest breaks. The view from the top is worth the climb. Gary was a great character full of fun. Highly recommended.
Written 16 September 2023
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Peter C
Bristol, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a brilliant 90 minutes! Fantastic to see Bristol in a different way and to learn about the university. I have lived here for 50 years and this tour showed me that there is so much still to find out. Gary and his accomplice were knowledgeable and witty. The views from the top of the tower amazing. Best 5 quid I’ve spent in years.
Written 14 August 2023
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Mailys L
Bordeaux, France2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The views of city are very nice, and the interiors are gorgeous !
Staff was really kind and funny, we had a great time !
Written 15 July 2023
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Just walk around and go inside Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for Banksy. However, the building was so pretty.
Written 20 May 2023
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Hi this is a review for the museum not willsmemorial tours
Written 21 May 2023
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