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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Closed Now: 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Open today: 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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Taking advantage of the dark skies near Kielder forest, the observatory is well equipped with... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Paul R
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Excellent facilities for star-gazing.

The observatory,manned by enthusiastic amateur astronomers, is an excellent facility within the... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Steve F
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional. Under very dark skies...more
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Wark NE483LS, England
+44 1434 230209
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Reviewed yesterday

Taking advantage of the dark skies near Kielder forest, the observatory is well equipped with powerful telescopes and lots of powerful binoculars available. The presentation was very informative and interesting and views of the stars spectacular. First time I had seen Saturn through a telescope,...More

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The experience had the potential to be very good but a cloudy sky prevented us from making the most of our visit. Check the weather forecast before booking. £20 per person was a little on the expensive side. Interesting presentation but a touch amateurish. Good...More

Thank Jon P
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The observatory,manned by enthusiastic amateur astronomers, is an excellent facility within the Kielder dark sky area. Milky-Way class viewing - unless cloudy! Knowledgeable staff, great facility, and a very entertaining evening.

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Visited Battlesteads Observatory as a last minute booking and was so glad I did! Chris the astronomer was brilliant and as the clouds disappeared we were treated to a spectacular night sky. 4 Planets, The Milky Way, hundreds of stars and a couple of shooting...More

Thank Rachael C
Reviewed 6 August 2018

So I booked this event a year in advance on recommendation and have been looking forward to it for a full year. I flew from another country and then drove two hours from my cottage to enjoy this experience. Not until I arrived did I...More

Thank Zorah G
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Not to be missed opportunity to look through a reflector telescope. Attached to Battlesteads Hotel. We visited in the summer when the nights were not as dark as they could be, but managed to see so much. The guide was very knowledgable and helpful. Much...More

Thank Rosekrzyz
Reviewed 27 July 2018

Even though we went during the summer months, we were still able to get a good view of several plants, stars and star systems. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and explained everything very well and even put up with our questions after the session had...More

Thank Sam B
Reviewed 20 July 2018

As I explained we had paid to go to the observatory but could not so we will visit again .and hope for better luck then.

Thank ANN R
Reviewed 30 June 2018

We went to the session 'Astronomy for complete beginners'. There were about ten of us. Roy (I think) was the main astronomer, with two assistants. We had feared that as it was midsummer and light until 10.30pm we would not see anything, but amazingly the...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

What a shame that a really nice day, when my partner and I had a lovely coffee and glass of wine in a beautiful little spot. However this was spoiled with the very rude manner in which we were spoken to by the bar tender,...More

Thank spencerboyle
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23 August 2018|
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Response from magus84 | Property representative |
its either under 12 years or over 60 years, hope this helps
23 February 2018|
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Response from davestripe | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is - in the garden behind the restaurant.
28 March 2017|
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Response from TheRedKite | Reviewed this property |
You won't have a problem but let them know you'll be late. However if you are coming to one of the very specialist sessions - say on astrophotography - and are a complete newbie, I wouldn't recommend coming late. But for a... More