The Clifton Observatory - Bristol

The Clifton Observatory - Bristol
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Looking for: Heritage, Historical, Museums / Galleries
Address: Litfield Place, Clifton Down, Bristol, Avon
Postcode: BS8 3LT
Age Group: All Ages
Kids Activity: Outdoors
Telephone: 0117 974 1242
Website: Click Here

Attraction Information:
The Observatory stands on the site formerly occupied by a snuff grinding mill that was burnt out in 1777 through having been over-driven in a gale. In 1828 the site was rented to Mr. West, an artist. He constructed the Camera Obscura and cut the underground passage to St. Vincents Cave. Both remain and are open to visitors. The cave's visiting platform may be seen clearly from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, set within the sheer 250 ft cliff face. The camera obscura projects a panoramic view of the surrounding area onto a white surface inside a darkened room. A box on top of the building contains a convex lens and sloping mirror. Light is reflected vertically downward onto the table, giving a true (not mirror) image.

Open Hours:
Easter-October
Monday-Sunday 7days a week 10:30-5:30 weather Permiting

October-Easter
Saturday-Sunday 10:30-4:30 weather Permiting

CAMERA OBSCURA PRICES
ADULT: £2.00
CHILDREN: £1.00

GIANT'S CAVE PRICES
ADULTS: £1.50
CHILDREN: 50P