Watch the balloons from 360 at the Observatory, Bristol’s newest rooftop café

Watch the balloons from 360 at the Observatory, Bristol’s newest rooftop café

          It’s official! Bristol’s newest rooftop café has just opened atop Clifton Observatory and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you. 360 at the Observatory is the new name for our recently renovated roof terrace, where you can grab a refreshing drink and a snack and watch the world go by. Serving tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as a range of ice creams from Marshfield Farm, what more could you need to go along with these stunning views?!     Join us from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August when the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta returns to Bristol, and grab yourself a spot at the second highest point in the city (after Cossham hospital) – perfect for a balloon-spotting session during the 6am and 6pm mass ascents. We will be open from 6am until late during the balloon fiesta (weather dependent).     Make sure to tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram! We look forward to seeing...
Clifton Observatory on Escape to the Country

Clifton Observatory on Escape to the Country

          Back in August 2016 Escape To The Country filmed at Clifton Observatory and you can catch the episode on BBC One at 3pm tomorrow, followed by BBC iPlayer. We look forward to seeing the final footage!...
The Giants of Bristol New Book

The Giants of Bristol New Book

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“A magical story of giants at play, in the city of Bristol they frolic all day. Have a peek and take a look, at the mischief they cause inside out little book…” Have you ever wondered why there is a cave under the Observatory? Or what the Camera Obscura is used for?

Camera Obscura Day!

Camera Obscura Day!

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In celebration of Aristotle’s 2400th birthday, come and take part in a day of fun with cameras. Come along to the Clifton Observatory on the Downs from 1pm till 4pm on Sunday 1st May (bank holiday weekend) where pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell will be showing you how the world should be seen – upside down!

Our beautiful city: a mural of Bristol

Our beautiful city: a mural of Bristol

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We’re excited to let you know about our new, very special mural; an artistic representation of beautiful Bristol.

We teamed up with Paula Bowles, children’s book illustrator, earlier on the year to help design our Clifton Observatory Shaun the Sheep as part of the Shaun in the City project.

Brian Blessed hails a successful Flash Gordon @ Observatory

Brian Blessed hails a successful Flash Gordon @ Observatory

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When Bristol Sunset Cinema came to the Observatory this September for a screening of Flash Gordon (1980), we weren’t expecting the all-star cast to make an appearance. It was a fantastic surprise to receive two very enthusiastic messages from Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) and Flash himself (Sam J. Jones) to introduce the screening!

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

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You might spend your first few months here struggling to understand the locals, but after a while you’ll find yourself using “mi luvver” with every other sentence, and “cheers drive!” when you’re getting off the bus. Bristol has some of the WORST hills you’ll ever have to tackle in your life (looking at you Park St.) But that also means that it has the absolutely BEST views.

Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

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The Observatory’s very own Shaun the Sheep has been settling into his new pen this week and enjoying the baaa-eautiful weather as the Shaun in the City trail gets under way around Bristol.

The Shaun’s arrived in style last week, coming over the suspension bridge on a tractor driven by Nick Park, creator of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit, to take their long awaited places around the city.