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The Giant’s Cave, sometimes known at Ghyston’s or St Vincent’s Cave or Foxhole, is a natural cave in the limestone face of St Vincent’s Rocks in Avon Gorge.

For centuries, it was only accessible via the steep cliff-face, until Clifton Observatory inhabitant William West excavated a route through the rocks from Clifton Observatory to the Cave in 1835. West also installed the Camera Obscura,  and both were popular Victorian tourist attractions that can still be visited today.

Adventure down 130 steps into the depths of Avon Gorge and step into the world of the Bristol giants. See the home of Bristol’s famous giants, Goram, Ghyston, and Avona, and learn more about the legends surrounding them.

The tunnel leading down to the Giant’s Cave is 200ft (60m) long and the cave opens out on the cliff-face 250ft (76m) above Avon River and 90ft (27m) below the top of the cliff.

The Giant’s Cave leads you down to Bristol’s only viewing platform overlooking Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It is a fantastic opportunity to see Brunel’s incredible landmark from a whole new perspective.

Clifton Observatory also offers a range of locally-sourced snacks and hot drinks in the 360 café, and access to the rooftop terrace where visitors can enjoy their café purchases along with incredible open-air views of the Suspension Bridge.

Please note that Clifton Observatory is accessible by foot only and that the Giant’s Cave is not wheel-chair accessible. Children must also be 4 or older to visit and it is not suitable for dogs or for those with claustrophobia, mobility issues, or sight problems.

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Clifton Observatory's Giants Cave


Litfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3LT
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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


Opening times:
Autumn/Winter (November 1st – March 31st)
10AM – 4PM (Last entry at 3:45PM)

Spring/Summer (April 1st – October 31st)
10AM – 5PM (Last entry at 4:45PM)

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