Clifton Observatory

Litfield Rd, Bristol

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 1242

Clifton Observatory and Suspension Bridge

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The Clifton Observatory has reopened, see new opening times below.

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 Clifton Observatory and Caves sits above the Avon Gorge offering superb views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol.

The Observatory houses one of the only camera obscuras still open to the public in the UK. Originally built as a windmill for corn in 1766, the mill was later taken over by William West in 1828 who then converted the building into his own art studio and installed the camera obscura, which is still working today. The camera offers a panoramic view of the surrounding area including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Avon Gorge & Clifton Downs.

During his time at the Observatory West also cut an underground passage to the Giant's Cave which was originally only accessible via the cliff face. After a short descent into the cave guests can enjoy the spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Clifton Observatory’s 360 glass cafe offers both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the City of Bristol and Clifton Suspension bridge

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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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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Travelers Choice 2020
  • Excellent
    210
  • Very Good
    185
  • Average
    72
  • Poor
    14
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • Swedishtomcat
    Diss, United Kingdom
    Do both
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th November 2020
    Worth splashing out a fiver and doing both the obscura and the cave to see Bristol from two different angles. Read full review
  • MaureenB365
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    Fabulous afternoon tea and great views
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 4th November 2020
    We had a wonderful afternoon tea here. Booking was required. It was more than we could eat but freshly made and absolutely yummy. The trip down the caves was well worth the frightening feeling... Read full review
  • Fiona P
    Gibraltar
    Lovely Cafe
    3 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 5th November 2020
    The weather wasn't brilliant so the camera obscura wasn't working so we went down the cave instead. Very steep steps and very low head clearance in places. But once you get out onto the balcony you... Read full review

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