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Clifton Observatory and Caves

Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Girlfriends First Visit

So this was in the girlfriends bucket list of attractions to visit when she was next in the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom
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An interesting find

We recently visited the Observatory and also went down to the caves. I wouldn't recommend the... read more

Reviewed 3 February 2019
Marlow, 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
+44 117 974 1242
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little amusement to go and see Sits atop a wonderful little park With views down to Clifton Suspension Bridge The camera predates the photographic camera and is very interesting to see - only £2.50 - it is quaint and fun The caves can be...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Observatory today after seeing it online. It’s a stunning setting and the views are amazing. We went down to the Giants cave. Overpriced for walking up and down 130 wet steps. The view isn’t as good for free at the top....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great place to visit, with an exciting climb down into the caves to the viewing platform with stunning views down into the valley over the river. Be aware the steps in the cave get very steep, quite narrow and with limited headroom in places.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

So this was in the girlfriends bucket list of attractions to visit when she was next in the city. I’ve been here many times and always enjoy the decent to the view. She was a bit weary at first but then she enjoyed the view....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 February 2019

We recently visited the Observatory and also went down to the caves. I wouldn't recommend the caves if you have trouble with steps as there are many and it's very steep in places. The Observatory was fascinating with the camera obscure showing a great picture...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EnglishLady5
Reviewed 1 February 2019

For £8 for two adults 100% worth it. The view, the steps were fun. They need to work on cleaning the caves more often, a lot of bird poo on the hand railings which wasn't very nice. The gentleman on reception wasn't particularly happy to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank add2407
Reviewed 27 January 2019

I went with two friends to both the Observatory and the Giant Cave. On top of the Observatory there is a camera obscura which I loved! The Giant Cave is very interesting as I haven't seen something like this before. However, you have to be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nici F
Reviewed 31 December 2018

The observatory includes one of the few original, remaining camera obscuras in the world. The obscura is a forerunner to the modern camera whereby a small hole allows light to be projected onto a disk providing a photo-like experience. After climbing quite a few steps...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 29 November 2018

Set in Clifton Camp park, on top of the hill with excellent views over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, is the Clifton Observatory and Caves. £4 will get you into attractions, or can visit individually for £2.50. I found that I could see both attractions in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andrew081
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Cave and the Camera Obscura for a combined price of £4 (can opt to do either separately). The descent to the Cave and viewing platform is quite tricky with steep steps, limited headroom and narrow passageways and on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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3 September 2018|
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Response from nickandangels | 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
3 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.