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Cabot Tower
Vacation Travel Guide

Enjoy panoramic views from the top of an iconic tower where a successful experiment heralded the start of the era of modern communications.

Sitting on the top of Signal Hill is Cabot Tower, an imposing stone edifice that played a major role in the history of communications technology. It was at this site that Guglielmo Marconi received the first ever transatlantic wireless signal.

The 30-foot (9.4-meter) red sandstone tower was built in 1898 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland and Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Marconi made his historic breakthrough at the tower when he received the letter "S" in Morse code. The signal originated approximately 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) away in Cornwall, England.

Go on a self-guided tour of the two-story building and visit the museum that explains the history of communications technology with an emphasis on Marconi’s role. View photographs and old pieces of experimental apparatus and learn more about how the Italian inventor revolutionized communications.

Climb to the top of the tower for superb views of St. John’s Bay. This vantage point is also good for bird-watching and you may even be able to spot whales in the ocean.

After your tour, head to the nearby visitor center for interactive exhibits and short movies about the history and importance of Signal Hill. From the 17th century until World War II, the hill was part of the defenses of St. John's harbor. In 1762, the last battle of the Seven Years' War in North America was fought here.

Come to the hill during July and August to enjoy the loud and colorful spectacle of the tattoo. Performers reenact scenes of life inside an 18th-century military garrison. See bands, lots of marching and canon and musket fire.

Cabot Tower is open daily between mid-April and mid-November and there is an admission fee. Discounts are available for family tickets.Signal Hill and Cabot Tower can be seen from just about anywhere in St. John’s. Bring a jacket with you, because the sea breezes at the top of the hill can be cold, even in the height of summer. Drivers will find plenty of parking on-site.

Top Hotels Close to Cabot Tower

Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
3 out of 5
150 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $66 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23

Located in Downtown St. John's, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Newman Wine ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (278 reviews)

"The staff were amazing. Friendly and Eager to take care of our needs and help in any way they could. Chef Lucas was fantastic and we will definitely eat at the Garden Grill even if we are in town and not staying at the hotel. But we will definitely be back. Thank you for your service!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 24, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
4.5 out of 5
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Located in Downtown St. John's, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Commissariat ...

4.3/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"The hotel was lovely to stay at. The down sides were that the amenities lacked in content, and there wasn’t anybody on the gate. Other than that, the hotel is lovely."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2021

Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Alt Hotel St. John's
Alt Hotel St. John's
3.5 out of 5
125 Water Street, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $99 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15

Located in Downtown St. John's, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Avalon Peninsula and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (309 reviews)

"The room was beautiful and very modern, amazing views of downtown"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 16, 2021

Alt Hotel St. John's
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Cabot Tower

Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
3 out of 5
150 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $66 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
Hilton Garden Inn St. John's Newfoundland
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
4.5 out of 5
115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $86 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
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Alt Hotel St. John's
Alt Hotel St. John's
3.5 out of 5
125 Water Street, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $99 per night from Feb 14 to Feb 15
Alt Hotel St. John's
DoubleTree by Hilton St. John's Habourview
DoubleTree by Hilton St. John's Habourview
3.5 out of 5
2 Hill O'Chips, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $84 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
DoubleTree by Hilton St. John's Habourview
Jag Boutique Hotel
Jag Boutique Hotel
4.5 out of 5
115 George Street West, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $90 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Staycation Relaxing Getaway Harbour Vista View
Staycation Relaxing Getaway Harbour Vista View
St. John's, NL
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Beautiful Spacious Home SIGNAL HILL, BATTERY NEIGHBORHOOD
St. John's, NL
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Hometel On Signal Hill
Hometel On Signal Hill
4 out of 5
2 St. Joseph's Lane, St. John's, NL
The price is CA $71 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
St. John's, NL
Salt & Battery Seaside Escape
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