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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  • We didn’t do the cave but did the camera obscura...charged £2.50 each to go up to the top but couldn’t actually see out of the windows due to the condensation and the camera obscura wasn’t that great ...  more »
  • We originally went to see Clifton Suspension Bridge but also took in the observatory and went down the caves. What a brilliant experience. The staff also dressed up for Halloween day and dressed up th...  more »
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