Camera Obscura and Museum

Litfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LT

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 1242

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Camera Obscura and Museum is temporarily closed. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.

Step into the Past

“Mr William West creator of Bristols Camera Obscura, begs most respectfully to inform you that the Observatory is now open, and upon the summit of the tower is placed an excellent and unusually large Camera Obscura. This Optical instrument can be rotated 360 degrees to offer a marvellous picture of the extensive and varied scenery around the Observatory. To those unacquainted with this engineering, will see it as truly magical” – Mercury, 1836.

William West's Camera Obscura is now 1 of only 3 working Camera Obscuras in the UK. This marvellous piece of Victorian engineering has sat on ton of Clifton Observatory’s tower since 1828. The Camera Obscura use a series of lenses and mirrors to reflect a 360 panoramic picture onto a viewing dish. The Camera Obscura can best be described as Victorian CCTV and now seems truly futuristic.

Discover the hidden secrets of the Clifton Observatory’s history. With a vast heritage, there is much to learn about what the Observatory was used for. As you journey to the Camera Obscura, you walk through their newly renovated museum, detailing the history of Clifton Observatory.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* Spring/Summer – from March:
Open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last entry 4:45pm)

Autumn/Winter From November:
Open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 4:00pm (Last entry 3:45pm)

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

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