Welcome to Clifton Observatory

Established in 1766, this iconic landmark of Bristol offers a unique viewing platform overlooking the Clifton Suspension bridge and the City of Bristol.

We invite you to join us on an adventure and explore the history of Clifton Observatory, sneak into the Giants Cave, and marvel at the amazing engineering work of the Camera Obscura.

Opening Times

Spring/Summer – from March: Open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last entry 4:45pm)

Giants Cave closed from 3 – 7th June. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope you still Visit the Camera Obscura and Museum.

360 cafe – closed until Summer

Autumn/Winter From October: Open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 4:00pm (Last entry 3:45pm)

Testimonials

The Clifton Observatory was the perfect venue for our party, not only does it offer the best view in Bristol overlooking the iconic Clifton suspension bridge, but its unique, full of history and beautiful inside and out.  We made the most of the roof terrace and vista in the glorious summer sunshine, then partied the night away in the William West rooms – a brilliant combination.

The team at the observatory were incredibly helpful with all the planning, venue visits and recommendations, as well as being on-hand to assist with the last minute organisation on the day.  Papadeli prepared all the delicious food and were able to utilise the on-site kitchen facilities.

Joanne Sadler, Director at  Mango Consulting

In the Summer of 2018 we booked the Clifton Observatory for a volunteer event. The booking process was very straight forward and Claire was very helpful, from arranging to meet us to show us around the venue to accommodating all of our requests. On the day Kieron was fantastic at helping us set up the music and projector within the venue.  We had access to the Camera Obscura, the exhibition as well as the roof terrace and the William West room. Our volunteers all agreed that the venue was brilliant, and that it was the perfect place with a great view to celebrate their fantastic work for the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Kat Tudor, Volunteer Officer at Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

“We recently hosted an event for 50 guests to launch a short film in the event space at the Observatory.

The team were a pleasure to work with and made things very easy from start to finish. The venue is unique and iconic, and set in a spectacular location (with the range of wildlife around the observatory being a bonus). The event space itself worked really well for our short film and panel discussion but would work for a range of events.

I would thoroughly recommend the Clifton Observatory and we hope to host events there in the future.”

Calum Edser, Avon Wildlife Trust

“Our guests were delighted by both the venue and the excellent service”

P.M.W Pascoe

Venue Hire

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