Clifton Observatory is a landmark wedding venue located in Bristol, England. Established in 1766, this location offers spectacular, unforgettable views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol and it’s easy to see why it’s considered one of the most beautiful and romantic spots in the city.
With an historic ambience and a range of unique event spaces, the observatory is the perfect picturesque location for your big day. Our staff are dedicated to helping your wedding go smoothly.
Say I Do in our recently refurbished William West Room. Furnished with a stunning chandelier and striking décor, the William West room can seat up to 60 guests, with room for additional standing guests.
For a more intimate occasions, civil ceremonies can be held in the observatory town, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The tower has a sitting or standing capacity of 10-15 guests.
For an extra unique experience, civil ceremonies can be held in the Giant’s Cave, a 130-step climb down through the cliffs to the viewing platform overlooking the Avon Gorge. The cave capacity is approx. 20 standing guests.
All of our ceremony packages include a celebratory toast for all guests.
For ceremonies held in the William West room, guests will be invited to the 360 rooftop terrace after the ceremony to celebrate the new couple and take in the spectacular skyline.
If your ceremony takes place in the tower or the Giant’s Cave, your guests will be provided a celebratory drink to toast the occasion while enjoying the views from the tower or the viewing platform.
‘Clifton Observatory is the perfect venue for a wedding reception or family gathering! We would book it again in a heartbeat. The rooftop has stunning 360 degree views over Clifton Suspension Bridge, the staff were so lovely and accommodating and our guests thoroughly enjoyed the event space. The venue looked stunning in all our photos, and the team were really helpful with answering our queries and recommending us a good caterer. Thank you for making our day so special!’
Josh & Arabella, 2020
Our William West room can provide a range of catering options, depending on your preference, dietary requirements, and party size.
We have three preferred caterers working with Clifton Observatory. Each catering service has a dedicated planner who you can discuss possible menus and formats with.
The William West room has a seated capacity of 60 banquet style and up to 100 for standing. The Clifton Observatory is a fully licensed venue offering a range of beverages throughout the day.
Within the William West room, we have a Sonos system and power supply which also operates on the rooftop terrace, you are welcome to use these to play your own playlists.
“We cannot praise Jade and the team enough at Clifton Observatory for making sure our wedding was the best experience for us and our guests. Nothing was too much trouble. From the very beginning Jade was very attentive and accommodating to ensure that we had the day we planned and in fact it surpassed our expectations. The occasion was so well orchestrated and Jade had everything in hand. There was absolutely no need to worry and everyone went above and beyond to source suppliers and to co ordinate the various supporting cast. Brilliant seamless day.
We would highly recommend this venue not least because of its unique perspective over the Clifton suspension bridge but also because of the lovely staff and people who work there. We are truly grateful for all that you did for us.”
Mark & Caroline, 2020