The Observatory

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Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Cave sit high up on The Downs and offer superb views from above the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It is one of only two camera obscuras still open to the public in England.

The camera obscura itself projects a panoramic view of the surrounding area onto a white surface inside a darkened room.

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. Originally only accessible via the cliff face, visitors can now enjoy a spectacular view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge below.

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