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Norman Lockyer Observatory

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Address: Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth EX10 0NY, England
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Really great evening at Norman Lockyer Observatory with very knowledgable volunteers showing us around. Unfortunately, one of the telescopes was having it's mechanics updated... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 February 2017
Ashtead, United Kingdom

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Ashtead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Really great evening at Norman Lockyer Observatory with very knowledgable volunteers showing us around. Unfortunately, one of the telescopes was having it's mechanics updated which meant we couldn't actually look through the telescopes and that was very disappointing - if this is a draw for you then I'd recommending checking first. Obviously, the cloud cover is also a barrier to... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

The NL Observatory is set on a hill above Sidmouth and although you can walk to it (a stiff climb from the town) there is a big, free car park. As well as the vintage telescopes in their domed housings you can see meteor tracking equipment in use, a planetarium and many other smaller associated exhibits. The volunteer guides are... More 

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Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We went to an evening talk which told you why the sun is a g star. The talk was pitched well and i now know why the sun is a g star. Size, heat, composition and probably some more things i cant remember!!! Very informative. We then had a tour of this lovely quirky place high above sidford run by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to be in the area when the observatory was open. The staff are wonderful and so enthusiastic about this wonderful facility. We spent a fact filled, interesting few hours and it was very worthwhile. We would definately return again.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

Went to an open evening in March. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers. Good presentation on our solar system. Handled a couple of meteorite fragments. Planetarium was good and the got to look through a couple of old but fantastic telescopes. Really good view of the Orion nebula. Some fantastic technology with some serious research. If you get the chance go!

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Really interesting. Book a day course or a night sky visit. So much to learn about the solar system and stars. Thoroughly enjoyed it..

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Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

This may seem a slightly off beat Sat night activity but the Geminides ( meteors) due - so off we went. Probably about 25 visitors and even if you know as little about astronomy as me, a fascinating few hours to be had. We got the night sky explained, a chance to see Andromeda through a giant telescope and a... More 

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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

The observatory is operated by very a keen team of people who are more than happy to spend time showing you round and explaining the heavens to you.

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Lostwithiel, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

The legacy of a former resident, who hoped that the National Observatory would move to Sidmouth! Staffed by enthusiastic volunteers, there is an extensive programme linked to astronomical events. Mostly evening opening, so unsuitable for small children but ideal for keen teens & subteens.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015 via mobile

Historically interesting observatory featuring three Victorian retracting telescopes and one more modern reflector. Staffed and run by amateurs who are all enthusiasts check their website for open evenings when at least two of the telescopes are open to the public. Weather permitting the domes are open for observing aided by a member. The site also features a fully functioning planetarium.... More 

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