Welcome to Clifton Observatory – An Iconic Bristol Venue

The Clifton Observatory occupies an imposing site above the Avon Gorge and is not difficult to understand why this location attracts thousands of visitors each year to experience the magnificent breath-taking views over the city of Bristol and the notorious Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Ceremony

For larger wedding ceremonies we invite you to say “I Do” in our recently refurbished William West Room furnished with a stunning chandelier and striking decor.   The William West room can seat up to 60 guests, with room for additional standing guests.

Tower Wedding

For a more intimate occasion, we can host civil ceremonies within the Iconic Observatory Tower with a seated/standing capacity of 10-15 guests.

Cave Wedding

For those looking for unique surroundings civil ceremonies can be held in the Giants Cave, a 130 step climb down to our viewing platform which overlooks the Avon George and Infamous Clifton Suspension bridge.    The Cave capacity is approx. 20 standing.

Your Space

Drinks Reception

All of our ceremony packages will include a celebratory toast for all guests.

Following the service, for those hosting their ceremony within the William West, your guests will be invited up to our 360-rooftop terrace offering spectacular views across the Bristol Skyline and Clifton Suspension Bridge.

For those hosting ceremonies within our Tower & Cave, guests will be provided with a celebratory drink to toast the occasion whilst taking in the surrounds from the tower or viewing platform over the Avon George


Our William West room can cater for a number of catering options depending on your preference and party size.

We have three preferred caterers working at Clifton Observatory, each of which has a dedicated planner with whom you can discuss possible menus and formats.

The WW 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.

Music / Entertainment

Within the William West, you are free to arrange your own DJ or Band for an evening party.  Within the William West room, we have a Sonos system and power supply which also operates on the rooftop terrace.

Get In touch

Let us know what you are looking for and our Event Coordinators will be in touch to help.

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