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Pocket Guide: Bristol Clifton Downs and Observatory Hotels

Acclaimed for its panoramic views of Bristol, the Clifton Downs and Observatory is one of the city's premier family attractions. It's now a Grade II-Listed landmark, and is within walking distance of several hotels and numerous other visitor attractions.

About the Clifton Downs and Observatory

Head to the Camera Obscura, one of only two in England that can still be accessed by the public, and see the bustling city and its magnificent historic landmarks. The observatory dates back to the late-18th Century and was originally a corn windmill, benefiting from a tunnel link to St. Vincent's Cave.

It's part of a pleasant green space known as The Downs, which is adjacent to the dramatic Avon Gorge that extends for 1.5 miles and overlooks the River Avon. The downs is home to nearly 30 species of butterflies and is best visited during the warmer months, when you can see its meadows spring to life with beautiful wild flower displays.

Hotels near the Clifton Downs and Observatory

If you're looking for affordable accommodation close by, you could book a room at the Ibis Bristol Centre, which provides free WiFi and has an elegant lounge. The city also a good choice of high-end hotels such as the four star Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, which offers splendid rooms with luxury private bathrooms.

Whatever hotel or guesthouse you choose in Bristol, you'll receive excellent hospitality and benefit from good quality furnishings and comfortable bedding. Many of the city's deluxe hotels are geared towards business customers or people travelling for special occasions such as romantic weekend getaways or weddings. Some also provide in-room tea and coffee-making facilities to help you feel right at home, and a number of venues have safety deposit boxes and left luggage facilities for your convenience.

What to See near the Clifton Downs and Observatory

The Clifton Downs and Observatory is just moments from Bristol Zoo, where you can see thousands of animals represented by species from all over the world. A little further south is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a magnificent Victorian innovation that was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the most influential figures of the British Industrial Revolution.