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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: +44 191 265 5510
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16:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 03:00
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of...

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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The people who work there was friendly and informative never talked down to the people. I went as a group of 15 from our astronomy group and every one said how much they enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The people who work there was friendly and informative never talked down to the people. I went as a group of 15 from our astronomy group and every one said how much they enjoyed it from people like me who is new to it to people who have been doing it for years it was a pity it was cloudy... More 

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Thank Alan W
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked the late night dark skies show (23:30 - 02:30) but were thwarted by the clouds. Nevertheless, the staff were enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and made the evening well worth it. Would recommend and will be returning with hopefully clear skies. (Worth noting that you get 30% off next time if you can't observe through the telescopes.)

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Thank dhahunter
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my partner visited the observatory tonight Sunday 4th of December and came all the way from tynemouth an hour and a half away. We walked two miles up hill to the observatory which wasn't sign posted very well. Upon arrival and entering the observatory there were two men, one taller and one smaller. After myself and my partner... More 

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Thank Joshua E
Reading, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First and foremost go! This is a unique and fabulous thing, you do need to accept that this is a game of chance with the weather though. We made the trip from Reading to Kielder and booked two events to play the odds of getting some clear sky, unfortunately both nights we were there were overcast and so we didn't... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wow wow wow. Heard about this and booked for me and my husband who initially was half hearted about it. He came away with just as much excitement as I had on going. The staff/volunteers were fantastic and the enthusiasm from them all was great. I had wondered how they would get a group of 30 round the site. But... More 

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Thank JMParker64
Scole, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky enough to be at the observatory on one of the most clearest nights. WOW...what an experience. These guys know their stuff but the evening was kept light hearted for all to enjoy. Thank you all for such an informative and interesting evening.

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Thank Steve T
Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for the Aurora night and unfortunately didn't see any lights but lots of stars. As other reviews have said the staff are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. A couple of volunteers supported them too and were equally enthusiastic. Your evening is very much dependent on the weather - we were lucky and had a clear night. It's also dependent... More 

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Thank Andrea S
Newcastle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff are so enthusiastic, friendly, helpful and obviously love doing what they do. The whole experience was fantastic. One telescope not fully functioning but that did not detract from what was a great night. Any negative comments made by previous visitors seem to me to be unwarranted. Very good advice to put warm clothing on.

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Thank strakerbp
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having travelled up through torential rain and snow was not holding out much hope fot a clear night. Arrived about 7.45 for an 8pm start and the skys were clearing, after a brief intro from Matt and the team we were ushered outside to be greated by freezing weather and clear skys. What a fantastic night. The team were both... More 

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Thank Ian H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I visited last night and we loved it! The staff were very knowledgable and helpful. We were lucky enough to get a good amount of viewing time too!

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