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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.
The Observatory is open to visitors 7 days a week from 10am-5pm in Spring/Summer and 10am-4pm in Autumn/Winter with last entry being 15 minutes before closing time.
|Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Summer: April – Sept, 10:00 – 17:00
Winter: Oct – Mar, 10:00 – 16:00
(Last entry 15 minutes before close)
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
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good181
- TeamWardNottingham, United KingdomMarvellous view from the caveSaturday, 5th September 2020Before you leave Clifton visit the Observatory & Caves, the observatory and the equipment is interesting but the caves are the real deal, steep climb on the stairs and spectacular view of the bridge... Read full review
- Heather BUnited KingdomTrip Type:CouplesReally interesting and great views!Monday, 7th September 2020On a weekend break to bristol, we wandered up from the city centre, taking our time to stop and look at sights, really lovely shops and cafes especially in the Clifton area. We were so impressed by... Read full review
- baz653London, United KingdombeautifulviewsWednesday, 23rd September 2020first time visting bristol so this was a must see got the no 8 bus up from town to there ,little walk to it .well preserved buiding with amazing views of clifton suspension bridge,and the river avon... Read full review