An iconic Bristol attraction and venue

Discover unbeatable views

The Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Cave sits above the Avon Gorge offering superb views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol.

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The Giants of Bristol

A magical story of giants at play, in the city of Bristol they frolic all day.

Have a peek and take a look, inside our little book.

Autumn/ Winter OPENING TIMES

10am – 5pm – Monday to Sunday – 7 days a week

360 cafe – closed until next season


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... read more

Venue Hire

We are delighted to announce the Newly Renovated Clifton Observatory is now open for private hire from 2018. With its unique surroundings and breath-taking views over Bristol, the Clifton Observatory is the perfect location to host your wedding, dinner, reception or conference.  With both indoor and outdoor space available to hire.

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