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Clifton Observatory and Caves

Open today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A lovely place to sit outside for coffee or ice cream in the summer

I took my Chinese friends who were visiting the UK, they loved the Observatory and the refreshments... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
Interesting place with great view

Well worth a visit for background information on the suspension bridge, and some great displays... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pontypool, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Clifton Down | Litfield Road, Bristol BS8 3LT, England
+44 117 974 1242
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I took my Chinese friends who were visiting the UK, they loved the Observatory and the refreshments after.

Thank princessjane13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit for background information on the suspension bridge, and some great displays including the Camera Obscura that take you back in time. Access to the various levels is via a spiral staircase but I seem to recall there was a lift. There...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice family experience. Small Giant's cave :) Amazing view from the Observatory. My little one enjoyed every minute. very helpful nice staff.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really would recommend everyone to visit this place. Surrounding views sooo amazing Nature beauty . Clifton bridge and the surrounding mountains an experience not to be missed

Thank makasheh1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited both the Observatory and the caves. Steep steps down to the cave and it gets very narrow in places, but it's worth it for the experience.

Thank Shimmystars
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for a little trip out, i recommend visiting the observatory / camera obscura first, the stairs leading up are very steep and there are resting areas on the way up with information boards to read while you catch your breath if you need...More

Thank Trippixie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At under a fiver to visit both the observatory and the caves this is well worth a visit. In the observatory there is the best camera obscura I've ever seen. It's sufficiently good that not only can you see the bridge, but you can even...More

Thank spam-me-harder
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Visited both attractions. The camera first which was fascinating and lovely views from up there. Then visited the cave, very steep steps to get down , it was an experience but well worth it. Glad we did it.

Thank Louise C
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

After driving around and around we finally found it. We didn't find it very well sign posted and didn't realise there was no onsite parking. We paid £4 for the obscura and caves. Starting with the obscura/Museum this was really informative. I do think more...More

Thank RosieC1989
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

If you’ve just walked up from the bridge in hot weather you may want to rest for 2 minutes. Spiral steps to the top of the observatory. There are small circular rooms part way up to stop and look at info of the history etc....More

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3 September 2018|
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Response from Nick and Angel S | Reviewed this property |
The Clifton Observatory does not have a dedicated parking. On street parking is available near the Observatory in Clifton Village and the Clifton & Durdham Downs. Please note parking in Clifton Village is now pay and display.
19 February 2017|
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Response from Beth B | Property representative |
Hi HayleycUK, Generally dogs are not allowed into the Observatory, except assistance dogs. We believe the narrow and steep staircases are unsuitable for them. Fortunately the Downs just outside the Observatory is a lovely... More
3 May 2016|
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Response from Martin R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no but should be able to find out on website. I have been in winter and its been open.