Coats Observatory
Coats Observatory
4.5
Observatories & Planetariums
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Stephen S
New Ash Green, UK1,962 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Before setting out with my wife and granddaughter I 'confirmed' it was open via trip advisor site only to discover it was closed on arrival - disappointing
Written 28 July 2019
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ChrisMcG170
Hastings, UK203 contributions
May 2019 • Family
What a lovely old building, we visited here whilst up seeing relatives in Paisley. It's right in the heart of the town centre and easy to get too.
Written 7 May 2019
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sue r
Skegness, UK22 contributions
Sept 2017 • Family
This place is very interesting, small but you actually have a tour guide giving you the complete history and o. Certain nights you can observe the stars thru the giant telescope.
Written 17 August 2018
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Julie C
Glasgow, UK13 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Totally appalling customer service. Website states open to public tuesdays and sundays 11-1 and 2-4. Precise eh? So we travel down there and door is closed at 2.40 on Tuesday. Ring buzzer. Get spoken to through intercom to be told last tour started at 2.30. No personal contact no apology....is this publicly or charitably funded? If so need to seriously up their game. It is also in v rundown area with boarded up buildings and no effort to make place look appealing. So glad i had not taken any tourists there. My sons were disappointed though.
Written 11 April 2018
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cozzy134
Paisley, UK13 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Great small local observatory, we are very lucky to have this in Paisley. If you get the chance go to one of the winter viewing evenings,to have a look out of the telescopes
and wonder at the universe.
Written 9 January 2018
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steviepatrick1710
Paisley, UK27 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
A building donated by the coats family of paisley to the people of paisley is home to a fantastic historical telescope which is still in use today . visitors get to see the machinery in action .well worth a visit. Limited parking unfortunately.
Written 22 December 2017
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sandy5337
Glasgow, UK37 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
Clean, well-preserved, passionate / knowledgeable staff, feel welcomed, it is surprised to use a telescope made in 1898 to view the moon. Beautiful, clean building, well-maintained, love the green tiles.
Written 28 November 2017
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Eileen C
Glasgow, UK4 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Visited here on a spur of the moment decision whilst walking past with a friend. We dragged ourselves up the hill in the pouring rain only to find we should have gone to the museum to go on the tour. However, we pushed the intercom and staff let us in the door to join the tour a few minutes late. The guide for the free tour was really knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions, letting us take as long as we wanted to look around and take photos. The stained glass is beautiful, as is the tiled interior of the building. We were taken right up to the dome to see the 19th century telescopes. Most of the building has a ramp, with a small spiral staircase at the top so not too tiring to get there. The observatory run regular evening sessions over the winter where you can use the telescopes, but it is very cold in the dome, so wrap up. A great free attraction which I'll definitely go back to with my son.
A signpost at the bottom of the hill directing people to paisley museum for entry to the tours would be helpful, but other than that, I can't fault it
Written 1 October 2017
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Swedishtomcat
Diss, UK3,526 contributions
Sept 2017 • Solo
This is one of only a few observatories open to the public in Scotland. There are three free daily tours of the observatory via the museum. Matt the guide was super and his enthusiasm for astronomy as well as the history of the 1883 building was a credit to the observatory.
Written 4 September 2017
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Pauline B
Glasgow, UK27 contributions
Sept 2017 • Family
So good , people are helpful . Looking through that amazing telescope with the roof open 😇😇😇😍😍😍😍and it is all free
Written 3 September 2017
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COATS OBSERVATORY: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Coats Observatory is open:
  • Sun - Sun 14:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 11:00 - 16:00