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Clifton Observatory

Litfield Rd, Bristol

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 1242

Clifton Observatory

About

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.

Opening Times

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)

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    199
  • Very Good
    181
  • Average
    68
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    14

Recent Reviews:

  • Z2263CFadriant
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Lovely Cake
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 3rd March 2020
    Nice cake and tea. Lovely views. Especially like the Isambard Brunel statue! Steep steps up to rooftop. Not much parking nearby. Prices average for location. Read full review
  • Geof H
    Wimborne, United Kingdom
    EDHT Viosit 10th March
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 11th March 2020
    A very intersting visit but sadly the Camera wasn't too clear to see because it was a damp dull day. The Caves is down many steps but the view of the Bridge when you stand out on the platform on the... Read full review
  • halcatra
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    So so
    3 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 18th March 2020
    The best advantage of the place is location - the views are great, the suspension bridge looks beautiful. But my main point is - you do not need to visit observatory to see this view. There is not... Read full review

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