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Kielder Observatory, Kielder

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Let this astronomy public outreach center take you on a tour of the universe. Kielder Observatory is an ideal place for stargazing, as it is situated in an area with one of the lowest levels of light pollution in the UK. Attend one of their evening events, suitable for people with all levels of astronomy knowledge and experience. Listen to a lecture in the classroom next to the log burning fire, have a cup of coffee with other interested individuals, and gaze up at the cosmos with one of the observatory’s telescopes. Booking for the events is essential. Check the observatory’s website for a list of things you should bring with you, such as warm clothes. Arrange your visit to Kielder Observatory and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kielder using our Kielder holiday planner.
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  • We were scheduled to attend an event in December. However, the BBC issued a severe weather warning for the Kielder area with forecast for structural damage. We therefore decided it was sensible not to...  more »
  • We visited Friday night for the Universe galaxy full of stars at 11:30-2am. Unfortunately it was a cold cloudy and snowy night so we didn't get to see any stars. Gary and his team at Kielder are wonde...  more »
  • Although unable to see through the telescopes because of the bad weather this didn't stop us from having a remarkable visit. I could have listened to Garry for hours and found it hard to believe that ...  more »
  • Awesome staff: seriously friendly, keen and knowledgable! Went on the "Northern Lights" late session... It was cloudy(!) but did not matter, we learnt a lot and got to ask (and have answered) loads of questions :) 👍🏼😁
  • Amazing staff, great view of the night sky! Best observatory I've been too!
  • Just a stunning amazing gigantic unforgetable breathtaking way to find how little you are in the universe that surrounds us! Book months in advance to be there and, if you're lucky like we were, find the clouds part away and disappear to reveal open skies. Just 40 or so places on offer, so get in there and book first! The volunteer guides are so friendly, approachable and knowledgable the evening flashes by. Starts at 8pm and before you know it, it's 11pm and you've seen the Moon, a planet or three (we missed Venus but got Mars and brilliant views of Saturn' rings!), then the are the star constellations, a vivid Milky Way, Andromeda and, closer to home, the International Space Station flies past (twice!) We all feel very pivileged to have been there. Thank you Matt, Gary and all the other guides (not just for the hot chocolate!) A, S, B, V, H, R, T, all from Welwyn Garden City
  • We had a great evening, viewing planets and stars at high magnification. Would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in knowing more about our cosmos or even if you are just slightly intrigued. It was well worth a visit to listen to people who are clearly passionate about the work they do and keen to share it. Thanks for a great experience.
  • Well informed staff. If you want to see galaxies and Nebulae this is the place, just hope for clear skies.