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Address: Observatory Road | Clapham, Wildey, Bridgetown, Barbados
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+1 246-622-2000
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Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total...

Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total restoration of the building and refurbishment of its astronomical instruments in 2014.

The observatory is managed by The Barbados Astronomical Society Inc., A non-profit corporation whose objective is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on students, in the subject of astronomy.

The observatory is open on Friday evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm (weather permitting). The public can view a 1/2 hour interactive presentation from 8pm before enjoying superb views of the night sky through our 16" Meade telescope.

Minimum donations are USD$10 (BBD$20) for adults, USD$5 (BBD$10) for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.

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Saturn, Mars and the Full Moon!

We visited the Observatory on 19th August - two Barbadians with 6 U.S.A. friends and relatives. We were given a most informative lecture with video presentation before ascending... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 August 2016
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Brackley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a novice when it comes to astronomy but the guide was very knowledgeable and took us through the main stars and the moon. Great views of the moon craters. Bring your mobile phones as the guide will take a photo of the moon from the telescope. It is true that there are lots of people that come to... More 

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expatinbarbados, Manager at Harry Bayley Observatory, responded to this review

We're very happy that you enjoyed your experience at the observatory! I'd like to clarify for other readers that we don't currently project views through the telescope on the screen in the auditorium. Those not wishing or are unable to climb the stairs to the dome are welcome to attend the auditorium presentation, which takes place for about 30 minutes... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Would have been great if it had opened. Weather was perfect, cloudless sky so we took a taxi up but nobody turned up to open the observatory, we were stuck there outside for an hour until our taxi came to take us home at 9pm. A local person visiting tried to phone and they said something about the opening being... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

What a brilliant experience! Informative & inspiring! A top notch visit with Prof Ade sharing information about this world and others! Highly recommended! If you are travelling to Barbados, save a Friday night for a truly unique perspective.

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Barbados
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We visited the Observatory on 19th August - two Barbadians with 6 U.S.A. friends and relatives. We were given a most informative lecture with video presentation before ascending the stairs to the Observatory platform from which we had a wonderful view of the scenery of Christ Church parish by night. Then into the observatory where the telescope was focused first... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

an excellent evening! Our guide was very informative and I came away with some amazing pictures of the moon! This place needs much more advertising as lots of tourists would visit if onlythey knew it existed. Having toured nearly every attraction, thiswas one of the best.

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Preston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

As a novice to astronomy I went along to this Observatory on a beautiful Friday evening. It is now up there in my top ten experiences. The tour / observation was extremely well organised and so interesting. From beginning to end the information received / presented was perfect for all attending regardless of their prior knowledge. This has to be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Brilliant efficient society staff that are very enthusiastic about sharing their passion with others. Arrived early and Ade was very chatty about the observatory and his passion. Started on time with a number of people arriving late. The presentation was extremely informative and sets you up for going to the telescope. The moon was clear and bright and we all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

Growing up in the country, away from the big city lights, the stars appeared so bright and numerous. I would spend hours stargazing and wondering what the stars and planets would look like up close. Last evening I finally had the opportunity to look through a telescope in the only observatory in the Eastern Caribbean and see the various bands... More 

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Nice place, nice people. Astronomer arrived 15 minutes late. He was knowledgable and walked the 40-or-so people through a 20 minute slide-show on the history of astronomy. Once over, he directed everyone towards a small set of stairs where workers collected US$10 from everyone. People crammed themselves into the small dome at the top. My family and I, and what... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

We went there as a group and it was pretty frustrating. We had to wait in a circle around the telescope in the middle of the room and take turns for a look see. Ever conscious of the next person mist people just took a quick glance and moved. It was hot and cramped. It could have been a lovely... More 

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