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Lovely place to visit

After driving around and around we finally found it. We didn't find it very well sign posted and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Good views. Doesn’t cost a lot; so you may as well.

If you’ve just walked up from the bridge in hot weather you may want to rest for 2 minutes. Spiral... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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The Clifton Observatory and Caves sits above the Avon Gorge offering superb views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol. The Observatory houses one of the only camera obscuras still open to the public in the UK. Originally built...more
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Clifton Down | Litfield Road, Bristol BS8 3LT, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

At under a fiver to visit both the observatory and the caves this is well worth a visit. In the observatory there is the best camera obscura I've ever seen. It's sufficiently good that not only can you see the bridge, but you can even...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited both attractions. The camera first which was fascinating and lovely views from up there. Then visited the cave, very steep steps to get down , it was an experience but well worth it. Glad we did it.

Thank Louise C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After driving around and around we finally found it. We didn't find it very well sign posted and didn't realise there was no onsite parking. We paid £4 for the obscura and caves. Starting with the obscura/Museum this was really informative. I do think more...More

Thank RosieC1989
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’ve just walked up from the bridge in hot weather you may want to rest for 2 minutes. Spiral steps to the top of the observatory. There are small circular rooms part way up to stop and look at info of the history etc....More

Thank RobertsMMDCL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the cave and the view was great ...make sure you wear the right shoes tho .. the staff could at least learn how to say thank you, its always nice to feel valued as a customer esp when you paid £2.50 for...More

Thank bitterspine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did not visit the cave but at £2.50 the museam and Camera Obscura seemed a little over priced. The museum is little more than a series of information boards over 3 floors of the observatory with virtually no artefacts or displays. But the most disappointing...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caves great treat, steps slightly slippery so you need to hold on, but worth it. The observatory great views and camera worth a look

Thank rosierosie35
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views from the observatory and the caves provide fabulous views of the Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Didn’t really take much notice of the information in the museum, but the camera obscura in the middle of the room at the top was really quite amazing- you can only wonder what people made if it in the 19th century, they must have been...More

1  Thank 898virginiaw
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Running a cafe in a location like thirds must be a logistical nightmare, with the limited access for supplies and facilities. We visited the cafe on a very warm Saturday afternoon after walking up to the suspension bridge from the floating harbour during the Harbour...More

Thank lovelyasever
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2 September 2018|
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Response from Nick and Angel S | Reviewed this property |
The Clifton Observatory does not have a dedicated parking. On street parking is available near the Observatory in Clifton Village and the Clifton & Durdham Downs. Please note parking in Clifton Village is now pay and display.
19 February 2017|
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Response from Beth B | Property representative |
Hi HayleycUK, Generally dogs are not allowed into the Observatory, except assistance dogs. We believe the narrow and steep staircases are unsuitable for them. Fortunately the Downs just outside the Observatory is a lovely... More
2 May 2016|
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Response from Martin R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry no but should be able to find out on website. I have been in winter and its been open.