An Iconic Venue: Clifton Observatory is ready to host your event

An Iconic Venue: Clifton Observatory is ready to host your event

As you may have heard, we’ve opened our doors as a wedding venue, but the great news is that you don’t need to tie the knot to host your event at the Clifton Observatory! We are now open for all kinds of events. Whether you are looking to host a corporate or private party, we have plenty of adaptable options to suit your requirements. In addition to the 19th century Camera Obscura and 4th century Giant’s Cave, we have indoor and outdoor space ready to welcome you and your guests! The weatherproof William West Room, named for our camera obscura’s creator, is a large indoor space that can accommodate between 40 and 100 guests, depending on configuration and requirements. Situated on the ground floor, but inaccessible to our Camera and Cave visitors, this private space has a stage, a DJ booth with AV and PA systems, and a licensed bar leading downstairs to the kitchen. Upstairs, the 360 Rooftop Terrace, is a unique outdoor space that can also be arranged in a number of ways. Perfect on a sunny afternoon or evening, our second licensed bar allows for an alfresco feast or tipple against a stunning backdrop and a soundtrack of your choice. Both of these spaces are accessed through a door separate to our main reception, so you can enjoy your event in private, undisturbed by our visitors exploring the Camera Obscura and Giant’s Cave. If you’d like to start party planning, arrange a viewing, or just get more information, please use the contact from below, or email us at enquiries@cliftonobservatory.com. We look forward to hosting you soon! Venue Hire...
Gromit Unleashed 2: Clifton Observatory to join the charity trail

Gromit Unleashed 2: Clifton Observatory to join the charity trail

If you happened to be enjoying a jog or a stroll across the Downs soon after sunrise yesterday morning, you will have spotted some familiar, but unexpected figures on our doorstep… As of July the 2nd, a pack of newly decorated Gromits will be returning to Bristol for Gromit Unleashed 2! Here at the Observatory, we were lucky enough to have a sneak peek at a few of the sculptures before they take up their posts alongside the landmarks of the city this summer. And we’re pleased to announce that the Clifton Observatory has been selected as one of those landmarks! The world-famous man and dog duo, Wallace and Gromit, were brought into being in Bristol, by Nick Park nearly 30 years ago. Alongside entertaining audiences of all ages in their on-screen adventures, the characters also lend their names and faces to two wonderful charities: Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, and the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal. The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal is their home-based project, raising money for the children’s hospital here in Bristol. Since it started in 1995, the Grand Appeal has raised over £50 million, which has been put to incredibly good use saving lives, and supporting sick children and their families. Out of the Grand Appeal, Gromit Unleashed was born. In 2013, 80 individually decorated sculptures of Gromit were placed around the city. After 10 weeks outside, and a grand exhibition where visitors could see them all at once, the Gromits were auctioned off. Gromit Unleashed raised an astounding £2.3 million for Bristol’s Children’s Hospital! After Gromit’s great success, a herd of Shaun the...
Bristol’s Newest Wedding Venue: Enjoy your special day at Clifton Observatory

Bristol’s Newest Wedding Venue: Enjoy your special day at Clifton Observatory

  With spring in the air and wedding season upon us, we are delighted to reveal that the Clifton Observatory is now a fully licensed wedding venue…open all year round! Those of you who have visited us before will know that we are in a prime location in Clifton Village, set apart from the bustling city below. Towering above the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge, our 360 Rooftop Terrace boasts an unparalleled 360° vista of Bristol. We have two licensed bars, one of which is outdoors on the roof terrace, so up to 100 of you can enjoy the calm of the idyllic Downs with a drink in hand! The William West Room, named in honour of the Bristolian artist and creator of our 19th century Camera Obscura, is a grand indoor space with a sparkling chandelier, stage area, and DJ booth with PA and AV systems, accessed through its own separate entrance. Here, we can host 100 standing guests, or 60 for a seated banquet. The William West Room is home to our second stocked bar, and leads discreetly to our fully equipped kitchen, from which our contractors can provide catering. You and your guests are welcome to visit the Clifton Observatory attractions in groups. The Observatory Tower leads guests up on a historical journey to the original Camera Obscura above, and the viewing balcony of the Giant’s Cave is accessed through a long, steep tunnel that takes you 90 feet underground. Not only are these both great vantage points for dramatic photo opportunities, your wedding service can actually be performed in these unique spaces too! For...
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...
The Giants of Bristol New Book

The Giants of Bristol New Book

Clifton Observatory is delighted to introduce a new children’s book, The Giants of Bristol, written by Paula Bowles and Ian Johnson. The book brings to life the myth of the Giant’s Cave at the Observatory, with a tale of the friendly giants’ game of hide and seek in the city.   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…   The original myth tells the story of how a giant named Ghyston created the cave in an attempt to win the heart of the lady Avona. In 1835 William West, owner of the Observatory from 1828-1861, dug a tunnel leading to Ghyston’s cave. Using West’s drawings of the Avon Gorge, Isambard Kingdom Brunel sumbitted designs for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of which proposed a road tunnel connecting the bridge to the Giant’s Cave. Brunel won the competition, although his ‘Giant’s Hole’ design was not chosen. The Giants of Bristol is a story of three giants; Goram, Ghyston and Avona, who live in the Giant’s Cave and love to play in their city. In The Giants of Bristol you will find out about their favourite games (have you ever played badminton over the Suspension Bridge?!) and the best giant hiding places…     Available at Clifton Observatory reception and online for £6.49...