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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Closed Now: 20:00 - 23:30
Open today: 20:00 - 23:30
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Dark Sky Beginners

My partner has a keen beginners interest I astronomy so I was particularly hopeful that this would... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2019
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This was our third visit to the observatory and we had an amazingly clear night. The visit was made... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2019
Sarah W
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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 9 January 2019 via mobile

My partner has a keen beginners interest I astronomy so I was particularly hopeful that this would be an enjoyable event on a 3 day mini break. On arrival, Chris was very friendly and pleasant, there were only 4 of us in the party so...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

This was our third visit to the observatory and we had an amazingly clear night. The visit was made more amazing by seeing a shooting star. Was led by a very knowledgeable and passionate local gentleman. Fabulous visit. Thanks again for an informative visit. See...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

We booked in for an Aurora hunting evening we knew the forecast was low so we knew the chances we're not good we we're excited to learn about what we needed to hunt the Aurora borealis for ourselves and hopefully photograph them but the man...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

Super informative astronomy talk. It’s a shame we had 100% cloudy skies but can’t knock them for that. Our group size was around 15-20 people which felt a little too large.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

A really interesting evening starting with a very informative presentation and then the awesome opportunity to use the specialist equipment to see the sky up close and personal. Lovely evening that I would recommend to others. The presentation was delivered by two very passionate individuals...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

We arranged to visit the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observation site; we had a pleasant afternoon and dinner in the Battlesteads Hotel. We made the short walk to the viewing area. It seems very obvious now but when you are standing next to the solar panels...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank OwenKR-2016
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul R
Reviewed 27 August 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve F
Reviewed 6 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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rachael C
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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.
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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