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Clifton Observatory and Caves

Address: Clifton Down | Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LT, England
Phone Number: 117 974 1242
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Ranked #47 of 305 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Museums
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks, Museums

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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124 reviews 124 reviews
37 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Wanted to find a unique thing to do in Bristol,and found the observatory with the camera obscura,and cave.Recently been brought by a private owner and the price was reduced on the day as the weather was very bad,We paid £2 to enter them both instead of £2 for each,and the camera did not reveal it's lovely views so maybe choose... More 

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Warwickshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

we walked the bridge first, and then spotted the Observatory straight to the side! we paid two pounds for adults and one pound for children to go down the cave . It doesn't take long to get down, but the kids loved it! stunning views at the end. Great tunnel, dark, winding, low, and fun. A great addition to a... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Obscura was great, gives you a birds eye view of the surrounding area including the bridge and the caves were also great fun, a long way down and very steep stairs and limited head room but made it all the more exciting and the view from the bridge when you get down is amazing... Both the Obscura and the bridge... More 

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Ramelton, Ireland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
5 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This visit was great fun. The camera obscura was impressive and the cave wonderful. Recommended for all ages even oldies. Afterwards have a slide down the rocks beside the observatory.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
31 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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