At just under an hour's walk from Bristol Temple Meads and through Bristols historic street, the Clifton Observatory is well worth the stroll.

Perched on top of the hill Clifton Observatory boasts impressive views of the Clifton Suspension bridge, the River Avon, and the City of Bristol from its unique viewing platform. Clifton Observatory was established in 1766 and is one of the great, iconic landmarks Bristol has to offer. Once you have taken in the breathtaking views why not explore the history of Clifton Observatory, discover the Giants Cave, and marvel at the amazing engineering work of the Camera Obscura.

If you don't fancy the walk from Bristol City Centre there is a good bus service running directly from the station. Look out for bus numbers 8 or 9 which run every 15 minutes during the day.

For more information about Clifton Observatory visit their website.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
  • Monday to Friday open from 05:30:00 until 21:30:00
  • Saturday open from 05:30:00 until 21:30:00
  • Sunday open from 06:45:00 until 21:30:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelThe staff is available at all times.
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Left Luggage Website
Telephone typesCards and coins
Station BuffetAvailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
Lifts to all platforms and facilities. Ticket office is also step free.
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Free Wi-fi powered by The_Cloud
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Staff Assistance is available; please request Assistance from any member of staff if you have not booked Assistance in advance.
Customer Service notes
Please call our Customer Services Centre on 03457 000 125 (07:00-22:00 every day)
Customer help pointsUnavailable
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorAPCOA Parking (UK) Limited
Car parking spaces374
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces450
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
The main storage location for bikes is at The Friary at Temple Quay, just to the right of the ramped exit from the long stay car park. A limited bike storage location can be found on Station Approach by Queen Anne's Gate. There is no longer any bike storage inside the station.
Cycle storage notesThere are stands available.
Step-free accessStep free access is available throughout the whole station.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisAccessible taxis are available at this station, please see below for more information
Accessible taxis notes

Bristol Temple Meads station is a major station with taxis usually available on a rank. Advance booking is not normally necessary or even possible, unless arriving early in the morning or late at night. Operators who may accept bookings include:

There is no First Class lounge at this station.

Departures and arrivals from Bristol Temple Meads

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Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway04:533On time
to Portsmouth HarbourGreat Western Railway05:0013On time
to TauntonGreat Western Railway05:008On time
to London PaddingtonGreat Western Railway05:1012On time
to Severn BeachGreat Western Railway05:105On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from TauntonGreat Western Railway06:186On time
from Bristol ParkwayGreat Western Railway06:2911Scheduled
from Severn BeachGreat Western Railway06:3813On time
from WestburyGreat Western Railway06:4713On time
from Weston-super-MareGreat Western Railway06:525Scheduled

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