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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
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+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 Sky is not the limit!

My wife and I absolutely loved our evening with you. A great team of knowledgeable professionals who put all at ease, imparting knowledge in a friendly and fun environment. We... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I absolutely loved our evening with you. A great team of knowledgeable professionals who put all at ease, imparting knowledge in a friendly and fun environment. We were unfortunate that cloud, fog and rain tried to spoil the viewing but it was a brilliant evening. We attended the late night Aurora Borealis event. 2330 hrs Saturday through... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

So pleased that you and your wife had such an enjoyable night despite the weather and we really hope that we have the pleasure of seeing you back in the future and hopefully in better conditions. We have an exciting programme of events for 2017 in addition to ambitious development plans and I would encourage you to keep an eye... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this for a Christmas present for my husband. We both - but him especially- had a fantastic time. The observatory is an amazing place with wonderful staff and volunteers. Despite the heavy cloud with not a star in sight, Gary and his team made sure we had a brilliant evening, we learned lots and had lots of laughs 😊... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Sarah and so pleased that you had such a good night despite poor viewing conditions. We hope to see you back again soon and hopefully to enjoy better conditions. We have an exciting programme of events for 2017 and ambitious expansion plans which will be announced shortly on the website. Best wishes More 

margate kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Pre-booked months in advance for the sellout new years eve party. Out of our 5 night trip....only 1 rainy night...you've guessed it...new years eve!! There was food laid on, lamb or chicken kebabs which were delicious, then some star themed chokky bars, were offered tea or coffee on arrival and then there was prosecco and wine later on. Did mention... More 

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Darlington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a tricky review to write. With this observatory being so popular there's a need to book Aurora nights in advance, when of course there's no control over the weather. As it happens we couldn't have chosen a worse night and we saw nothing - but we knew the risk we were taking. The enthusiast observatory staff delivered a... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and so sorry to hear that the weather prevented you having any actual observing time. Our staff do work hard to make the evenings as enjoyable and informative as possible in all conditions. We have ambitious plans for a new observatory and planetarium which will be starting in phases next year and will give us... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Thi was the main purpose for our visit to Kielder, dark skies with a visit to the Observatory. Excellent talks given by the staff there and a most enjoyable visit....Thank You

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

That's great Mike and delighted that you had a good time. Your trip coincided with the third anniversary of Dark Sky status for Kielder and the area is proving ever popular with star gazers young and not so young ! Best wishes More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First time visiting Kielder Observatory and I can't recommend it enough. The weather was too cloudy to see anything but the experience was still fantastic. The staff we're friendly, fun, enthusiastic and informative and I think their love of the subject really rubs off. So much so I just feel excited to go back - hopefully I'll get some clearer... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Delighted that you had such an enjoyable night despite the cloud and we really hope to welcome you back again soon ..hopefully in better observing conditions ! Best wishes More 

Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Obviously the experience is weather-dependant but we had a great evening. Despite clear skies elsewhere, direct viewing of stars was very limited. Nonetheless the three staff kept the audience informed and entertained with their extensive knowledge and enthusiasm. It was a full 3 hour session of explanation and demonstration of the two 16" telescopes and description of our place in... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to submit a review. The conditions are very variable and our team do try and maximise the observing conditions. Delighted that you had an enjoyable night and hope that you can visit us again soon. For information we do run special Family Astronomy events for younger children which are very interactive and popular. Best... More 

Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We wanted to visit this for ages and finally got the chance to get tickets. The event was great. I sense that the guys who did hold it had great experience in running events such as this and were able to adopt very quickly. The clouts are gone? Let's go have a look and leave the presentations for later the... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Delighted that you had such a good night. Our staff do try and be as flexible as possible to maximise the conditions and make guests feel at ease to ask questions and engage with the team. We really hope that you come back and visit us again soon. More 

New York City, New York
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Gutted. No one can control the weather so we were unlucky and had a v cloudy night. On top of that very strong wind, we were told that even if cloud cleared a little we'd be lucky to see anything because clear patches would rapidly pass and were also told that the strength of the wind made opening the doors... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Heather. Your comments are very helpful and I am only sorry that you didn't enjoy the best of observing conditions. We do try and make the evenings as enjoyable and entertaining as possible whatever the weather which most of our guests acknowledge. I'm afraid that as a charity, our overheads and costs make it impossible... More 

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

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
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your feedback Andy and your comments are very encouraging and helpful in structuring and continuously improving for future events to make them appealing to all ages and abilities. Our staff do try and adopt a flexible approach to give our guests the best possible chance of enjoying observing conditions More 

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