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Seeing the Camera Obscura was more interesting than the caves

Set in Clifton Camp park, on top of the hill with excellent views over the Clifton Suspension... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2018
St Albans, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Cave and the Camera Obscura for a combined price of £4 (can... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Reading, 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 2 weeks ago

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
Thank EricG141
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
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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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Reviewed 27 October 2018

We visited the caves while on a walk of the Clifton Suspension Bridge area. £2:50 for an adult to get in. To access the cave you must descend a steep narrow staircase (over 100 steps), definitely not for those unsure on their feet. Once at...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TheDealBeans
Reviewed 13 October 2018

I took my Chinese friends who were visiting the UK, they loved the Observatory and the refreshments after.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank princessjane13
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Well worth a visit for background information on the suspension bridge, and some great displays including the Camera Obscura that take you back in time. Access to the various levels is via a spiral staircase but I seem to recall there was a lift. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

Very nice family experience. Small Giant's cave :) Amazing view from the Observatory. My little one enjoyed every minute. very helpful nice staff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ugrosdy-Nemeth A
Reviewed 30 September 2018

I really would recommend everyone to visit this place. Surrounding views sooo amazing Nature beauty . Clifton bridge and the surrounding mountains an experience not to be missed

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank makasheh1
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Visited both the Observatory and the caves. Steep steps down to the cave and it gets very narrow in places, but it's worth it for the experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shimmystars
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Visited here for a little trip out, i recommend visiting the observatory / camera obscura first, the stairs leading up are very steep and there are resting areas on the way up with information boards to read while you catch your breath if you need...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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2 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
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.