An iconic piece of English heritage and important Bristol landmark, the Clifton Observatory which is located high up on Clifton Down and above the Avon Gorge is a must-see attraction for tourists and local residents of all ages (but please note children of under four years old will not be able to go in to the cave for health and safety reasons!).


Originally built in 1766, it was used as a mill before it was partially destroyed in 1777 and left derelict until 1828. Read more about its history here.


Complete with one of the only Camera Obscuras open to the public in England and Ghyston’s cave, it offers truly breath taking views of the Clifton suspension bridge, the city of Bristol and outstanding panoramic views of the Avon Gorge.


Header photo credit: Phil Watson @philwatsonphoto