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Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre

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Address: Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, Scotland
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+44 131 668 8404

The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is unique among UK scientific...

The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is unique among UK scientific establishments in that it houses on a single site a university astronomy research group, an establishment of a UK Research Council and a Visitor Centre.The Visitor Centre is open for pre-booked groups and special events. Groups of 10 people or more can visit Monday - Thursday 10am - 7pm, and Friday 10am - 3pm.On Friday evenings we have our Public Astronomy Evenings, and from the end of October to end of March we have public talks each Monday evening.For full details of all our public events and how to book, please visit our website.

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Lovely talk on meteorites

We knew this might be disappointing if the skies were cloudy but we were pleasantly surprised. We had a long climb up steps to the top of the observatory for a talk about stars... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew this might be disappointing if the skies were cloudy but we were pleasantly surprised. We had a long climb up steps to the top of the observatory for a talk about stars and to look at the giant telescope while waiting for the skies to clear which they did so we went outside to look at the moon... More 

Thank Lizley2013
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had come up Calton hill with no real advance knowledge of what was actually up there, only being told it was a great view of the city, So naturally enough we went up there, then we see among other things the observatory, and thinking of beer, and it getting dark we decided to watch the sunset and headed on back... More 

Thank Theycallitmadness
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Went in a clear/cloudy night. Group was fully booked but in good spirits. The 3 guides were excellent and explained a lot about the observatory and the work they do. Fascinating to learn about. The dome is incredible and the telescope is the largest one in Scotland. There are plenty of little experiments to play with and after we went... More 

Thank Saharan
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We spent a wonderful evening being fascinated by all that was stars and planets - Staff were excellent, explaining in plain speak out the differences, and what was to come. suitable for adults and children (about 6 years I would think). A very dark clear night is the best time to go. Upstairs we were given a slide show of... More 

Thank Rose-Marie M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Recently visited the Observatory for a very special afternoon tea to celebrate my mum's 70th birthday. We are semi professional Afternoon Tea consumers and the one at the Observatory is pretty special. It is made up of very interesting local dishes that are prepared and presented to a very high standard. Sarah and her staff are quite simply superb with... More 

Thank Headteacher1
Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Very well attended by the reception staff. You can get all the information about the Upcoming Events in the Observatory. Entrance to the top of Observatory goes through the reception centre. Beautiful view from the top.

Thank ashok_shrikhande
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Fantastic views from Carlton Hill but was disappointed not to see more of the Royal Observatory. The refreshments are was a bit makeshift and unwelcoming but the views of Leith and the surrounding area was fantastic

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

An amazing part of Edinburgh with fantastic views!! Sadly the inside isn't open to the public except for specific talks, etc. but definitely worth a look round the outside!!

Thank cg2792
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015

A pleasant visit but the walk up Observatory Hill is worth the trip on its own. Regularly go here and, on this occasion, enjoyed wonderful autumnal views across the city on a Sunday later afternoon stroll. Free views of fireworks too!

Thank James G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

We visited it during the Edinburgh opening day. We joined the free talk where we discovered a lot of information about the place and the people who worked there. It's worth a visit to enjoy the views too 👀

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