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Coats Observatory, Paisley

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TripAdvisor
  • We were invited to join the guided tour while visiting the very interesting museum. The guide was very informative and pleasant; willing to answer any questions. Following the tour we watched a video ...  more »
  • Brilliant Historical Observatory, really recommended. Amazing insights and History, looking forward to October-January Stargazing nights here.  more »
  • Popped in on a Saturday afternoon for a tour. Staff were kind enough to wait on us as we were a few mins late. Tour guide made it very interesting and were happy to answer any questions. Will definite...  more »
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  • It's a good place to visit. You need to go through the museum to gain access to the building. It's free to visit. If you have mobility issue's it's stair all the way up to the top. The video presentation was good.
  • Very cool experience. Want to come back in winter time when you can actually look through it!
  • This could be OK if only they would actually clean things up a bit (the place is very tatty) and know something of what they are talking about. Maybe it was a bad day but when I visited the guide's talk consisted quite literally of "This is a telescope. It was made in 1880 at the same time the building was built. Any questions". She quite literally knew nothing of her subject. Obviously there is a limit to how much a tiny provincial museum like this can manage but they have an observatory, albeit a tiny one. They have a planetarium (not in use when I visited and similarly tiny) a film presentation and a building to show it all in. So there is no excuse for then locking the building up only to have it unlocked by someone who knows nothing and apparently has no interest in let alone enthusiasm for the subject. One of the rare occasions when it is people at such an exhibition that let it down. Even with their limited resource they have enough to inspire and educate and they failed to do either.
  • Despite it's clear under funding the by the council, the observatory has been a place of wonderment for me since childhood. The staff are very knowledgeable and thee are a few gems to behold once there, including the Coates telescope which is well over 100 years old, and is still in use today. Well worth a visit if you are in town...
  • Best place 2 learn when ur not at school lmao if u all no wit mean and i am 37 now so how long was that then