Clifton Observatory

Litfield Rd, Bristol

Tel: +44 (0)117 974 1242

Clifton Observatory and Suspension Bridge


The Clifton Observatory has re-opened, subject to Government restrictions. Please check their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates. 

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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    Recent Reviews:

    • S7010NWkatherineh
      Leeds, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      It's not in my top ten
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th July 2021
      The tunnel down to the giants cave is VERY restricted with no warning signs before entry. The cave at the end could only house a small giant. It's not all that. The camera obscura is quite nice and... Read full review
    • dreijerss
      leicester, midlands
      Trip Type:
      Cramped but amusing!
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st July 2021
      Although this was short and sweet it was still fun and something that we will remember! Walking down the very cramped stairway was fun and kept us laughing! The views were spectacular! Read full review
    • OldBoys1001
      Good spot to visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd July 2021
      Nice place to visit, & we were lucky with the weather. Stairs down were a bit cramped but nothing to moan about. Read full review

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