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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.
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
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 area for dog walks.