Camera Obscura

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Bristol , England
Litfield Rd, Clifton Down
+44 117 974 1242
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adult/child £2.50/1.50
Opening hours
10am-5pm Feb-Oct, to 4pm Nov-Jan
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Bristol's camera obscura is one of only two in England open to the public, making a visit well worthwhile. The camera uses a convex lens and sloping mirror to project an image of the outside world on to a white surface inside a dark room. As with all cameras obscura , the images are best on bright days.

It's set inside Clifton Observatory , a striking 18th-century windmill complete with viewing platform. Together they offer incredible views of the suspension bridge, the plunging Avon Gorge and Bristol itself.

The site also features the Giant's Cave , which has an opening that looks out from the side of the cliff. It's all set in the grassy parks of Clifton Down (locally known as The Downs), which make a fine picnic spot.