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Clifton Observatory (grid reference ST564733) is a former mill, now used as an observatory, located on Clifton Down, close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
A great little rooftop café with stunning views. Very relaxing place to just be
The park is beautiful with a stunning view on the suspension bridge. The observatory itself it's very interesting, the giant cave is not so amazing, but it's worth a visit.
Didnt visit observatory this time but it is fun to spy on people without them knowing and the cave in the gorge gives spectacular views. We went to the cafe on the roof. So tranquil with amazing views. Def worth a visit if you can face the climb#
The Clifton observatory is a fantastic place to take children from an educational point of view it is also a fantastic place to get amazing views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Because it is situated within parts of the grassy landscape there is no specific parking 4 the building and as parking in Clifton Village and the surrounding area is very limited be prepared to walk a little way but it is well worth it. Just be mindful when taking small children here as there are 30 steps up to the top which require climbing back down 30 steps. If you go down to the caves and a lower observation platform these can be steep, uneven and occasionally damp with over 100 steps in its Direction as I recall. But even on an overcast day well worth the climb in both directions.
I think this is a must see...you are best climbing to the top first and then going to the cave but be careful steps are steep..
Amazing views from this place as well as the bridge and the vally. Just stunning when you get here and Bristol is blessed city where this place near the city centre. Must visit here for all!
Quite fun. I haven't been there in past even tho I've walked by it. Cost a few pounds and is definitely worth it.
What a fascinating place lived in Bristol all my life and never been there until my nephew asked to go. Sadly it was an overcast day so the optical zishan at the top of the building was very limited but they took that into consideration when taking payment to visit the attraction which I thought was fantastic. Has sturdy walking shoes on and a firm grip as it's 60 steps up to the top and back down and 130 steps of stone or steel twisting and fairly steep and occasionally narrow steps down to the caves below but it's well worth the journey for the views at both levels. An under promoted amazing great value for money attraction
Perfect for a sunny day on The Downs. Worth a visit for locals and tourists alike. A great Bristol oddity.
The dark room at the top of the tower is really amazing. According to information on the tower it is one of the very few roons which survived. And it IS STILL FUNCTIONING! Just as clear as a web cam.
Great idea but needs work. The walk up to the Obscura was nice and can see the potential when the museum is finished. The Giant's Cave gave us issues - a light off in the tunnel meaning having to use the torch light on our mobiles to safely walk through, no health and safety notices anywhere and the tunnel is small, low and often only 1 person width. Once in the cave it was semi light so coming back towards the steps back out I came down off a step onto uneven ground and turned my ankle and fell. Long painful walk out and a trip to A&E and I had broken it :-(
A nice place to spend 30 minutes around the Bristol Suspension bridge, with the familly. You can find beverages and snacks at the main desk. The observatory has actually two activities to offer: the tower and the tunnels. The tower is filled with explanation on the site itself and the history of the Bristol paper. At the top of the tower you can enjoy a black room with a periscope. The tunnel will bring you to the side of the cliff where you can embrace the full view of the suspended bridge built by Mr Brunel.
Great experience. You get to see the camera obscura (a lens which projects the scenery from outside onto a flat surface). Then you have the cave that takes you down where you can see the breath taking sight of the clifton suspension bridge. The cave is quite steep at times. Hence would give you a bit of an adrenalin rush. The way back can be a bit taxing, given the number of steps.
Good view from the top, sadly was a cloudy day so the camera obscura wasn't in use. If you decide to visit the giants cave beware the tunnel to it is quite narrow and low in parts. Looks like many people take a marker and sign the mouth of the cave.
If your a daring explorer then going down the narrow tunnels to the cliff side balcony is the one for you! There is a small admin charge but you get great views.
TRULY AMAZING PLACE. Get down the cave! Need £2.5 entrance fee (adult) but totally worth it!! The stairs are quite small and steep, elder and children need to be careful. Taking a lunch box with you and having a great lunch here!
Beautiful place. This is amazing. It's a shame that you can not park here. the car park is below the hillside. pleasant walk. we were there on Sunday. parking was free. awesome