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Kielder Observatory, Kielder

Categories: Observatories, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 550+ 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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  • it's perfectly fine to know absolutely nothing about stargazing when you visit the Observatory - the team are so superb at sharing knowledge in an enthusiastic and straightforward way that even compli...  read more »
  • We had a wonderful evening here, although there was cloud cover to start. The team are so enthusiastic and happy to share their knowledge, and you can't help but get caught up in their enthusiasm. The...  read more »
  • Weather was bad and no stars visible but team gave us a great evening sharing their passion for the stars. 
  • 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.
  • Described as "The award winning Kielder observatory, a place of natural beauty from which we communicate the science of Astronomy in a warm, caring and understandable format." and based in Northumberland Dark Sky Park, it's one of a handful of observatories and observing sites, "dark sky discovery sites" publicly accessible under official and unofficial dark skies in the UK. It is staffed by paid employees & volunteers, all of whom are friendly and knowledgeable. The surroundings are beautiful and when the night falls, the skies open up to the universe. I was amazed at how many stars were visible, and the clarity of the Milky Way was breathtaking. Now that Northumberland park is a Dark Sky Park - these views are also available in dozens of places around the vast park area. Generally the skies are only clear 2 nights a week on average - but if you don't get the clear skies, the place itself is a great visitor attraction and a "must see". The talks are always informative, but quite rigidly structured, with guests being invited to ask questions usually only at the end. Coffee, hot chocolate and tea were available during a break along with mars bars, and other space themed chocolate.
  • My Husband and I had a wonderful time at the observatory recently. We were so very lucky( after days of rain and cloud cover) that the clouds parted to show a magnificent sky of stars . The team were friendly and happy to share there knowledge with us and to answer any questions . We saw Jupiter and four of its moons through the telescope and our neighbouring galaxy Andromeda,(which was totally mind blowing to me ) and more. A truly fantastic evening spent with a great team of staff. Well worth every penny . Thank you all very much indeed. Molly and Russell Johnson . 9th February 2016
  • A brilliant night stargazing with very knowledgeable and friendly staff
  • Absolutely amazing experience. Gary have a real passion for the universe. The surrounding and the observatory itself are great. Night sky from there is priceless.
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