Step Into the Past
“Mr William West creator of Bristols Camera Obscura, begs most respectfully to inform you that the Observatory is now open, and upon the summit of the tower is placed an excellent and unusually large Camera Obscura. This Optical instrument can be rotated 360 degrees to offer a marvellous picture of the extensive and varied scenery around the Observatory. To those unacquainted with this engineering, will see it as truly magical” – Mercury, 1836.
1 of only three working Camera Obscuras in the UK
William Wests Camera Obscura is now 1 of only three working Camera Obscuras in the UK. This marvellous engineering has sat on top of Clifton Tower since 1828.
Take control of your own adventure!
Use the handle to rotate the Camera Obscura 360 degrees and see Bristol in a new light. The Camera Obscura can be described as Victorian CCTV and even now seems truly futuristic.
Be part of history
Discover the hidden secrets of the Clifton Observatory’s history. With a vast heritage, there is much to learn about what the Observatory was used for. As you Journey to the Camera Obscura, you walk through our newly renovated museum, detailing the history of Clifton Observatory.
Fascinating experience. A great day out for the whole family
Suzanne C, Tripadvisor
Visited the Camera Obscura, and even on a cloudy day their was a clear image and it took my breath away.