Clifton's two big sights are on its fringes. The Clifton Suspension Bridge sits to the west, a short walk from the centre of Clifton Village. The Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura is alongside. Allow around half a day to take in the two.

Bristol Lido is on the neighbourhood's eastern edge. On weekday afternoons admission gives you three hours' use of the pool, sauna and hot tub. The lido's tapas bar and restaurant give you reason to linger.

Clifton's other big draws are the fine architecture and foodie hangouts of the village itself – allocate a half day to explore.


As befits a prestigious, history-rich neighbourhood, Clifton has a scattering of historic hotels. You'll also find a number of swish B&Bs and apartments to rent.


Refined Clifton has a bit of a foodie feel. A handful of cafes and restaurants here excel at creating both the relaxed atmosphere and consistently good-quality cooking of excellent neighbourhood eateries. Styles range from bistro, via Indian to fish.

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Drinking & Nightlife

Like the village it (almost) is Clifton has plenty of convivial pubs in which to down a pint – a walk from Boyce's Ave (starting at the Albion) to Portland St (the Coronation Tap is at the end) won't leave you thirsty.

If, en route, you drop by Amoeba (think cocktails and craft beer), you'll also take in the neighbourhood's trendier side.


A wealth of non-chain stores help create Clifton's village vibe. The Victorian Clifton Arcade is an atmospheric place to start – its 17 shops include vintage specialists Dustbowl and Jemima Rose.

The Papersmiths stationery shop is just outside, while wandering the Mall, Portland St and Gloucester St is likely to prompt further purchases.

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