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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Kielder, England
+44 191 265 5510
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Great venue for star gazing

I wenr with a group of students from one of the top independant schools in Newcastle and found it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave C
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Dark Skies

Went to an aurora night, didn't even see one star, it was so cloudy, but still had a really good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
patsy77_12
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of astronomy and physics. It serves to promote the universe to our guests, enabling people from all walks of life and levels of interest to access the visual splendour of the cosmos. With a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation to explore the depths of space. Expert tuition awaits the visitors who come along and take part in our featured events, sit in complete comfort in our classroom next to the log burning fire and let us take you on a tour of the universe.
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“northern lights” (50 reviews)
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Black Fell, Kielder, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wenr with a group of students from one of the top independant schools in Newcastle and found it fascinating. Great equipment and knowledgeable staff. er

Thank Dave C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to an aurora night, didn't even see one star, it was so cloudy, but still had a really good night, the staff are so very informative and make learning enjoyable!!! We ended up in the classroom having a physics lesson!! Was really interesting, you...More

Thank patsy77_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply a wonderful place. Staff were amazing and so knowledgeable. The weather did not play nice but they had plans in place with some excellent talks.

Thank John F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I attended an astro-photography course here on 29/10/2017. The instructors were great and the site is exceptional.

Thank petecable
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review ... so pleased that you had a good night and hope that we can welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent night at Astro Photography course led by Hayden & his team who were entertaining,informative & extremely helpful.

Thank Peter G
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Delighted that you had such a good night Peter and hope that we can welcome you back soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving up through woods we arrived at the Observatory car park . A short 2 minute walk to the entrance where we were welcomed by the staff . The evening was full of information delivered by two staff and several volunteers . The telescopes were...More

Thank 1963Corene
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Delighted that you had such a good night and I will certainly pass on your comments to the team. We hope that we can welcome you back again soon !

Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

10/10 the staff were friendly and knowledgable and answered every question asked of them. The weather was good and we got to see some brilliant sights in the sky (and a nice hot chocolate as well with some Magic Stars and other space themed snacks)....More

Thank RockNRollRobot
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks and delighted that you had such a good night and we hope to see you back soon. Best wishes

Reviewed 15 October 2017

Sadly no stars as the clouds were out but so interesting anyway. The staff kept us entertained and their enthusiasm was wonderful.

Thank ferretface2
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad that you had a good night despite having a cloudy night. We hope that we can welcome you back particularly during the Winter months when the skies are at their best. Best wishes

Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

The enthusiasm of the staff filled my heart with glee. I can only remember Hayden's name (sorry!) but he was a joy to behold. Funny and informative. We didn't stay till the end as we were absolutely freezing but we still had a truly brilliant...More

Thank Celia L
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks Celia and I will gladly pass on your thanks to Hayden. We really hope that we can welcome you back soon and get well wrapped up !

Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Visited 30/9/17 lovely clear night could see thousands of stars.Staff very friendly and informative willing to answer any questions you may have.Saw international space station, shooting stars.Wear warm clothes as it is very cold.Drive up to observatory takes about 10minutes up hill on forest road.Well...More

Thank pemmerson77
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

That's a great review to read and so pleased that you had such an inspirational night ... many thanks

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Dan-Barnes87
9 October 2017|
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Response from Ian P | Reviewed this property |
All footpaths and tracks down to the observatory are rough gravel, probably, can get into the main room for lectures but it is just a big shed. Some scopes may be accessible but it is rough ground and they have to be... More
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cnelson1978
4 October 2017|
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Response from Steve_R2011 | Reviewed this property |
the staff there told me some of the best nights are in the winter time due to the skies being darker but as others said it is weather dependent getting up to the observatory could be more difficult in winter conditions but... More
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Ctaylor002
23 April 2017|
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Response from weekenderinthesun | Reviewed this property |
There's a very good small observatory at Battlesteads hotel nearby, or check out the dark skies website for national park events
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