Named after the alarm bell that once hung here, Bell Cliff is a raised part of Broad Street with the buildings situated here the oldest in the street. Bell Cliff restaurant is believed to date from the 16th century. Bell Cliff was used as a platform for political speeches at election times, looking over the original square at the bottom of Broad Street. The eighteenth century cannon was originally located at The Cobb and suggests the defensive value of this location in Elizabethan times.
From this elevated vantage point it is possible to see a view of The Cobb to the west and the wide panorama of the eastern part of the town and coastline - from the cliffs of Black Ven, behind the tower of the parish church and along much of the coast, taking in Charmouth, Golden Cap, Seatown, West Bay, Chesil Beach and, on a clear day, the Isle of Portland.