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Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and Caves, Bristol: 5 reviews and 8 photos
On my way to see Suspension bridge I walked through this nice park (pic 1) at the Observatory hill. Where the bus dropped me I noticed the nice Christ church(pic 2) and then I walked up the hill to check the Observatory and Camera Obscura. The Clifton Observatory (pics 3-4) was originally a snuff mill destroyed by a gale in 1777. In 1828 William West rented the mill and installed the camera obscura which works till today! There is a box on top of the tower that has several lens and a mirror. As light reflects down to a dark room gives an image that is the panoramic view of the surrounding area. William West was an artist that used the camera to help students that were drawing the Avon Gorge. If you don?t go inside you can see examples of these paintings at City Museum.
There were only a few people around so the atmosphere was really nice and romantic. There are many benches everywhere and you sit and relax for a while. William West built a tunnel that connected the Observatory to St Vincent?s Cave on the cliff face but I didn?t manage to visit it. I preferred to watch the sun go down and with silent footsteps we moved toward the suspension bridge while another song by Portishead(who else!) came to my mind:
Did you realise, no one can see inside your view / Did you realise, forwhy this sight belongs to you (?Strangers?)
Directions: bus 8 takes you to Observatory Hill
Phone: +00 44 (0)117 974 1242
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