Clifton Observatory and Caves, Bristol

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The Observatory (grid reference ST564733) is a former mill, now used as an observatory, located on Clifton Down, close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England. At 337 feet (92 metres) above the gorge, the cliff top is likely to have been used as a lookout post since at least the Iron Age.

The building was erected with the permission of the Society of Merchant Venturers, as a windmill for corn in 1766 and later converted to the grinding of snuff, when it became known as 'The Snuff Mill'. This was damaged by a fire on October 30, 1777, when the sails were left turning during a gale and caused the equipment to catch light. It was then derelict for 52 years until in 1828 William West, an artist, rented the old mill, for 5 shillings (25p) a year, as a studio.
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  • If you visit Clifton bridge you can not miss the observatory it is nice and doesn’t take a long to visit the observatory and the cave and it is not expensive  more »
  • The view from the cellar is a bit disappointing but otherwise the rest of the tour is not bad. Too bad it paid off, I don't think it was necessary.
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