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About Us

In 2015, we took on the incredible project of restoring Clifton Observatory. At this stage, we knew little of the observatory’s historical significance and the stories surrounding it. But as renovation progressed, we learned more of Clifton Observatory’s unique history. We wanted to preserve it and make it available to the public.

Over the last few years we have opened the 360 café, serving locally-sourced food and drink; our museum, which houses the Camera Obscura and details the history of the building; and the mythical Giant’s Cave with its panoramic views of Avon Gorge. The observatory has opened its doors for events, allowing residents of Bristol and international tourists alike to become part of the of its rich history. From couples sharing their wedding day, birthday celebrations and corporate conferences, we are able to host any event.

Clifton Observatory offers breath-taking views and a unique, unforgettable atmosphere.

Our Team

Meet The Team

Our talents and experience are diverse, but at Clifton Observatory, we’re united by one thing: a love for this unique and characterful venue, its extensive history, and unforgettable events.

We take great pride in the incredible project of restoring Clifton Observatory to its former glory, showcasing original architectural features and adding a little flair of our own. Our passion is events and customer satisfaction. We do our utmost to ensure a first class experience for all of our guests.

people in 360 cafe

Jade Rockett

General Manager

Jade looks after the operation running of all of Clifton Observatory, including our café, bar, and tourist attractions. With a variety of experience in events management, she runs the various weddings, parties, conferences and corporate events that the observatory hosts.

Ian Johnson

Owner

Born in Clifton, Ian began restoring the Clifton Observatory in 2015. He’s involved in restoring a number of landmarks and buildings in Bristol, including the Clifton Rocks Railway, Armada House, the Wellhead and more.