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Clifton Observatory and Caves

Clifton Down | Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LT, England
44 117 974 1242
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Ranked #27 of 96 Attractions in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Caverns/ Caves, Museums
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Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Caverns/ Caves, Museums

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We visited the camera obscura only so can't comment on the caves. Our visit was on a clear sunny day, so perfect conditions. You enter a small round room with a concave bowl in the centre onto which the image is projected. It really is just like watching a film. By moving the lever that hangs down from above you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Certainly well worth a look, especially when combined with a visit to the nearby Suspension Bridge. The tower is basic on the inside - a plain staircase up to the camera obscura. But the camera is great fun - it reflects down onto a large ceramic dish, big enough for a few people to stand around at once. The view... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A walk up a hill from nearby Clifton village found us on the summit of a beauty spot which has been used since Iron Age times. The observatory affords one incredible views and photo opportunities both on the hill and up in the observatory and camera obscure. The walk down to the cave allows you to pop out on the... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
31 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We spotted the caves when we visited the Clifton suspension bridge and suspense got the better of us when we saw the viewing point. We paid £2 and ventured down into the caves (not for the immobile/faint hearted or anxious as very closed in). The steps are steep and the caves are very narrow but we really enjoyed it, the... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My daughter and I visited the caves on a sunday, you pay £2 admission, it takes approximately 6 minutes to get to the viewing platform. The steps are very steep, the caves very narrow, but very well lit. And is well worth the experience, when you reach the viewing platform, the views are incredible, awesome, and well worth the experience.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Located on top of a hill overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the former fort turned windmill turned observatory houses what's billed as the largest camera obscura in the UK. The apparatus is nearly 200 years old and works amazingly well. You climb to the top of the tower and go inside a dark room, where a view of the outside... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I took my husband and two of his friends, all Bristolians, here for the first time. The Camera Obscura and the Caves were both worth the climb. Having seen the caves from the Suspension Bridge several times it was great to see it the other way around this time. However, if you are tall, you will have to duck a... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Great fun with the 'camera' always bring visiting friends to come and see. The caves are hard to get down but very rewarding views at the end.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We decide to go to the Clifton Observatory as we was at Brunels Bridge, once their we saw some very nice views up and down the river, we then went into the cave for some more spectacular views. Do not visit the caves if you struggle with steps or small closed in spaces as the way down is very steep... More 

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Dalkeith, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I didn't go inside but it was well worth the walk upto it just to see the amazing views over such an amazing city.

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