Things to do

If you are staying in Clifton for any length of time you will probably want to spend some time taking in the sights. There are a few obvious choices, you would be mad to miss the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the ZOO and the SS Great Britain to name but a few. There are quite a few things in this historic city of ours and Clifton is the perfect vantage point to start from.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

A great day out for all the family. Bristol Zoo offers is an exciting and educational day out. Learn about endangered animals and other wildlife, reptile and insects from around the world. But that’s not all Bristol Zoo has to offer. Read more…

The Lido

A haven of tranquility in hidden in the heart of Clifton within the Georgian Terraces, this uber cool retreat offers, a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, spa, hot tub, restaurant, bar and sun terrace. Read more…

Clifton Arcade

Originally opened in 1878, this arcade has bee restored to its former glory an is the perfect location for some of Clifton’s local artist, jewelers and gift shops in the heart of Clifton Village…


Shopping in Clifton

Clifton Village has Georgian charm and is packed with independent traders, gift shops, boutiques and jewelers. Park Street and Clifton Triangle have a variety of shops with fashion being the most popular. Whiteladies Road and Blackboy Hill have a small shopping centre and selection of furniture stores, diverse shops and food emporiums. Read more…

SS Great Britain

Boarding Brunel’s SS Great Britain truly transports you back in time. This ship changed history and you will be amazed at the outstanding vessel which has been fully restored to it’s former glory.

The world’s first great ocean liner simply cannot be missed and is an absolute must. Read more…

Royal West of England Academy of Arts

One of only five Royal Academies of Art in the UK! It is a registered charity and resided in a stunning Grade II* listed building. HM Queen Elizabeth II is patron and of course there are some outstanding exhibitions on throughout the year, including a permanent exhibition of local artists…

The Victoria Rooms University of Bristol

A grand concert hall, with a host of classical events held throughout the year. Managed and owned by The University of Bristol…

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The world renowned bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831. Nestled in the Avon Gorge, you cannot visit Bristol without seeing this outstanding architectural feat. The Avon Gorge Hotel Terrace and bar is probably the best vantage point to really appreciate this icon of Bristol and Clifton…

Goldney Hall

Overlooks the Cumberland Basin and a stones throw from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Goldney Hall have superb garden and offer halls of residence for the University of Bristol. A very popular venue for weddings and corporate functions…

Clifton Observatory and camera obscura Bristol

Offering superb views from above the Clifton Suspension Bridge and one of only two camera obscuras open to the public in England. Originally a mill, William West used the building as his artist studio in 1828 and installed the camera obscura…