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

LATEST NEWS

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?

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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!

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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.

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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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