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0.2km from Clifton Observatory
The Avon Gorge is a 1.5-mile long gorge on the River Avon in Bristol, England. It forms the boundary between the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bristol, with the boundary running along the south bank. As Bristol was an important port, the gorge formed a defensive gateway to the city. A nice attraction where you can spend some nice time.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
0.21km from Clifton Observatory
Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most recognizable structures. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton, and the magnificent city beyond.
Old Clifton Rocks Railway
0.29km from Clifton Observatory
A funicular railway cut out of the rocks of the Avon Gorge more than 125 years ago could be brought back to life as Bristol’s newest tourist attraction. A funicular railway cut out of the rocks of the Avon Gorge more than 125 years ago could be brought back to life as Bristol’s newest tourist attraction. After opening a museum, event space and café at the Camera Obscura site, Ian now has his sights set on restoring the funicular, which was built into the rock of Avon Gorge and opened in 1893.
0.76km from Clifton Observatory
The Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul is the Roman Catholic cathedral of the city of Bristol. Located in the Clifton area of the city, it is the seat and mother church of the Diocese of Clifton and is known as Clifton Cathedral. One of the iconic attractions in this area and also a major pilgrimage site.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
0.85km from Clifton Observatory
A majestic zoo and botanical garden which was set over 12 acres with a collection of over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe. there are many other indoor exhibits including an insect and reptile house and aquarium meanwhile outside there are several aviaries and a seal and penguin enclosure. The lakes' islands are home to gorillas, tamarins, marmosets, gibbons and squirrel monkeys.
0.91km from Clifton Observatory
Clifton Down is an area of public open space in Bristol, England. The Downs are home to many major events, charity runs, circuses, funfairs and sponsored abseiling events, as well as being a relaxing environment for families to play and couples to stroll. It is also one of the major shopping centers.
Clifton Lido and The Victoria Public House
1.06km from Clifton Observatory
The Clifton Pool and Victoria Public House is an historic lido and public house situated in Oakfield Place in the Whiteladies Road area of Clifton, Bristol, England. On one side of the building is the spa entrance to the Lido, with the pool on the other side. The public house was converted from part of the original lido buildings and was opened by 1867.
1.18km from Clifton Observatory
The Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark, first opened its doors to the public in May 1842, and for many years served as the most important and lively cultural center in the West of England. One of the architectural wonder in this area.
1.23km from Clifton Observatory
Underfall Yard is a historic, working boatyard that welcomes visitors. There is an ever-changing landscape of boats to enjoy thanks to the skilled maritime businesses that call the yard home. Underfall Yard has been designated as a scheduled monument and from the 1970s onward many of the buildings at Underfall Yard have earned Grade II Listed Building status.
National Trust - Leigh Woods
1.25km from Clifton Observatory
Leigh Woods is a 2-square-kilometre area of woodland on the south-west side of the Avon Gorge. The woodland is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s the largest block of woodland in the Bristol area and is the home to over 500 veteran and ancient trees. One of the iconic location where you can spend some nice time in the middle of nature.
Royal West of England Academy (RWA)
1.25km from Clifton Observatory
The Royal West of England Academy (RWA), England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art, is Bristol's finest art gallery. Its magnificent Grade 2* listed building hosts five naturally-lit galleries acclaimed as one of the best exhibition spaces in the country. It was the first art gallery to be established in Bristol and is one of the longest-running regional galleries and art schools in the UK.
1.38km from Clifton Observatory
The BBC campus, Broadcasting House Bristol, is located on Whiteladies Road, Bristol. The first building to be occupied was 21/23 Whiteladies Road, which was built in 1852 and is a Grade II listed building. It now provides offices and technical facilities for the BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Radio & Music Production Bristol, BBC West and BBC Radio Bristol.
1.39km from Clifton Observatory
A majestic tower in Bristol set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End is a 105ft tower built-in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot's famous voyage from Bristol and the continent of North America four hundred years earlier. From the top of Cabot Tower, the whole of Bristol unfolds into the distance – making the steep climb well worth it, especially on a clear day.
1.41km from Clifton Observatory
Brandon Hill Nature Park is located in the city center and is a haven for wildlife. It is a hilly park and popular picnic spot with a nature reserve and views from Cabot Tower. During spring and summer, there are many beautiful flowers that blossom here in the park, which give the park some colour. There are many activities around the park – children’s playground, workout areas and of course, Cabot tower – Bristol’s best viewing spot, climbing up many steep steps to reach the view 105ft up.
Ashton Court Estate
1.45km from Clifton Observatory
The Ashton Court Estate was once the gracious home of the Smyth family, and is now a historic park which covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands in total, designed by Humphry Repton. There is a terraced lawn, a sunken garden, a pond, and a rose garden. It was one of the beautiful place ot visit with your family.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
1.48km from Clifton Observatory
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day. It comprises of 19 galleries over 3 floors that reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilizations, human invention, and creativity. The art gallery contains works from all periods, including many by internationally famous artists, as well a collection of modern paintings of Bristol.
Brunel's SS Great Britain
1.5km from Clifton Observatory
SS Great Britain is a museum ship and the world’s first great ocean liner, Bristol’s no.1 attraction and one of the UK’s top ten museums . it was the first screw-propelled luxury ocean liner, to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Eventually left to rust in the Falkland Islands, the ship was famously re-floated and transported back to Britain in 1970. It was now one of the iconic attraction in this area.
Wills Memorial Building Tower
1.52km from Clifton Observatory
The Wills Memorial Building is a 2-story building at the top of Park Street is a true Bristol icon and makes a dramatic and inspiring venue. The view from the top of Wills Tower, some 68 meters above Park Street, is unparalleled and tour guides give a unique insight into the history of the building, which was opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1925 before being badly damaged during the Blitz in 1940.
1.56km from Clifton Observatory
Spike Island is an international center for the development of contemporary art and design, home to a gallery, café, and working space for artists, designers and so more. Spike Island offers visitors a year-round program of exhibitions, events, and family activities in the expansive, well-lit gallery spaces, as well as providing artists’ studios and commercial workspace for both new and established designers and creative businesses.
Ashton Court Mansion
1.6km from Clifton Observatory
The Ashton Court Estate was once the gracious home of the Smyth family, and is now a historic park just 10 minutes from the centre of Bristol. It covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands in total, designed by Humphry Repton. It is the venue for a variety of leisure activities, including the now-defunct Ashton Court Festival, Bristol International Kite Festival and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. It is home to charity The Forest of Avon Trust.
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Litfield Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LT, UK
Clifton Observatory is a former mill, now used as an observatory, located on Clifton Down. The Observatory houses one of the only camera obscuras still open to the public in the UK. This iconic landmark of Bristol offers a unique viewing platform overlooking the Clifton Suspension bridge and the City of Bristol. The Observatory also offers visitors the chance to travel the underground passage to Ghyston’s Cave, cut out by William West, an artist who used the Observatory as a studio from 1828.