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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Kielder, England
+44 191 265 5510
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10/10 the staff were friendly and knowledgable and answered every question asked of them. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
via mobile

Sadly no stars as the clouds were out but so interesting anyway. The staff kept us entertained and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manchester, 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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  • Very good11%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Black Fell, Kielder, England
+44 191 265 5510
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Reviewed yesterday 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

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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank ferretface2
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the aurora night. We were very lucky to have stunning clear skys. The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish, the guys were very knowledgeable and the night was very interesting. Definitely recommend this as an attraction. Take warm clothes as itnis very...More

Thank Baz-van-man
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked a bad night to go. It was raining and there were no breaks in the cloud cover. The organisers did their best to entertain us and we enjoyed listening to them and looking at telescopes.

Thank Robin A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After many cloudy nights we were lucky to have totally clear skies. The staff are so enthusiastic and knowledgable. Make sure you wrap up well as it is very cold up there even in September.

Thank sue682015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If an attraction manages to keep you engaged, amused and awake whilst the main reason for you being there has been destroyed by matters beyond their control.... you know that the staff must be good! There were virtual no stars thanks to continuous cloud cover...More

Thank Feenee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you get the chance have a night here. Although we never got to see the northern lights it was still a very good night. The staff who were all extremely knowledgeable , were also very enthusiastic about the nights proceedings. They also spoke to...More

Thank chico4334
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here September 15 fantastic evening very well organised and despite cloud and rain a great informative presentation was delivered and then the clouds cleared superb views through the telescopes. Great evening one warning wrap up seriously well I had 3 layers on and was...More

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8 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
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
22 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