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Clifton Observatory

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Up to 70
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Clifton Observatory is an iconic piece of English heritage, towering above the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge, our 360 Rooftop Terrace boasts an unparalleled 360° vista of Bristol.
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM


City View
Exclusive Use
Grade I/II Listed Building
Outdoor Reception Space

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Dancefloor Available
Sound System Available
Wedding Licence

Food and Drink

Alcohol Licence
External Catering Permitted
In-House Wine List
Full Description
We are delighted to reveal that the Clifton Observatory is now a fully licensed wedding venue…open all year round! Located in a prime location in Clifton Village, set apart from the bustling city below. The Clifton Observatory towers above the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge. We have two licensed bars, one of which is outdoors on the roof terrace, so up to 100 of you can enjoy the calm of the idyllic Downs with a drink in hand! The William West Room, named in honour of the Bristolian artist and creator of our 19th century Camera Obscura, is a grand indoor space with a sparkling chandelier, stage area, and DJ booth with PA and AV systems, accessed through its own separate entrance. Here, we can host 100 standing guests, or up to 70 for a seated banquet. The Observatory Tower leads guests up on a historical journey to the original Camera Obscura and the viewing balcony of the Giant’s Cave is accessed through a long, steep tunnel that takes you 90 feet underground. Not only are these both great vantage points for dramatic photo opportunities, your wedding service can actually be performed in these unique spaces too.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Claire Taylor
Congratulations on your engagement! The team at Clifton Observatory would be delighted to contribute to making your day extra special. We welcome you to come and explore our newly launched event space and iconic surroundings and views across Bristol.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Less than 10
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


Litfield Road, Clifton, Bristol, City of Bristol, BS8 3LT, England

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction

M5 or M4

Nearest Train Station

Bristol Temple Meads

Nearest Airport


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