Shakespeare In Love at Clifton Observatory

DOORS: 20:15 | FILM STARTS 20:35

The historic Clifton Observatory plays host to our Spirit Of Cinema screenings, which pair classic films with great gin-based drinks in partnership with our friends and local distilling legends Six O’Clock Gin. Join us in this intimate setting overlooking the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, and (weather permitting) enjoy the stunning views day and night on the rooftop terrace before the film begins.

Your ticket includes a Gin & Tonic on arrival, as well as a gin-based cocktail served during a brief interval in the film. If you’ve got to drive, or gin isn’t to your taste, we offer non-alcoholic ticket option – enjoy the drinks with a premium non-alcoholic spirit alternative!

We’re at the Observatory on St. George’s Day this year for films inspired by great English writers; our final film of the evening is Shakespeare In Love. The romcom reimagining of Shakespeare’s life won seven Oscars, and cleverly blends in several Shakespearean storylines into a merry misadventure through Elizabethan London. If a G&T wasn’t quintessentially English enough, your second cocktail will really hit the spot!

Take your evening further with our add-on options:

• Indulge with a delicious deli box from Two Belly, with cheeses, chutney and crackers to enjoy alongside your film and wine

ABOUT THE FILM 1998 | 15 | 123 mins

When Elizabeth Bennet meets the handsome Mr. Darcy, she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined in an unexpected adventure, Elizabeth finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity.

Contains moderate sex and nudity

Age restrictions: 15+

Adult: General Admission (alcoholic option) (over 18 only) £22.95
Concession (Student | Over 65 | Blue Light Card) £22.50
Group of 6 (Before the screening, you can enjoy exclusive access to the historic Camera Obscura with a private area for welcome drinks (weather permitting, on the roof terrace). Each group member will receive a Two Belly Deli Box to enjoy during the film, which includes a selection of premium cheeses with crackers and chutney. Your group’s reserved seating will mean you can enjoy the film from the best seats in the house!) £210
Adult: General Admission (alcohol free option) (over 18 only ) £20.70
1x Ticket & Two Belly Deli Box £40.50

How to get there


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

On the day

On street parking is available near the Observatory in Clifton Village and the Clifton & Durdham Downs.

The Clifton Observatory is a 30 minute walk from Bristol City Centre. Bus service numbers 8 & 9 run from Bristol Temple Meads, stopping in central Bristol (Cabot Circus, Nelson Street, Bristol Hippodrome).

Please contact Bristol Film Festival for further information about accessibility at this venue.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 28 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 28 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

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