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Northumberland - the land that’s just as good with the lights off

Look up into the night sky of Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park and enjoy the marvel of up to 2000 stars at any one time. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest, stretching across 1470 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery combining Northumberland National Park with Kielder Water & Forest Park. Due to its unspoiled skies and minimal light pollution it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the night sky.

Autumn offers prime viewing time, the nights are properly dark and the Milky Way can be seen overhead. Throughout November you might be lucky enough to see Meteor showers.  As the temperatures drop in the night sky during the crisp winter months, the sky becomes more transparent making it even easier to see the glittering skies above us, if you're lucky enough you may spot a Meteor shower. 

It’s not just the Dark Sky Park where you can experience the beauty of the night sky.  Head to the Northumberland Coast and with the right weather conditions you might be lucky enough to see the amazing Aurora Borealis.  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural light display.

You don’t need an expensive telescope to enjoy Northumberland’s dark skies, just wrap up warm, pack a pair of binoculars, a hot drink and bite to eat and head off to enjoy a star studded show.  If you’d like to learn more about the night sky there is an exciting range of Northumberland Dark Sky Events including regular events at Kielder Observatory.

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During the day you will be spoilt for choice of things to do and are sure to have unforgettable days out during your visit to Northumberland.  The Northumberland countryside and coast are home to awe-inspiring landscapes and whether you fancy a gentle stroll, wildlife watching or adrenaline fuelled mountain biking there really is something for everyone.  During autumn and winter the weather, like the rest of the country, can sometimes be a little unpredictable, however with all-weather attractions including museums, galleries and leisure centres there is plenty to keep you occupied.


Many Northumberland accommodation providers now offer special stargazing experiences and are ‘Dark Sky Friendly’.

Gallery | Northumberland's Dark Skies

Cawfields Dark Sky Discovery Site Sycamore Gap - Hadrian's Wall Star trail over Kielder Crammel Linn, near Gilsland

Discover our skies at #NlandStars

Northumberland - the land that’s just as good with the lights off

Look up into the night sky of Northumberland’s International Dark Sky Park and enjoy the marvel of up to 2000 stars at any one time. The Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest, stretching across 1470 square kilometres of breathtaking scenery combining Northumberland National Park with Kielder Water & Forest Park. Due to its unspoiled skies and minimal light pollution it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the night sky.

Autumn offers prime viewing time, the nights are properly dark and the Milky Way can be seen overhead. Throughout November you might be lucky enough to see Meteor showers.  As the temperatures drop in the night sky during the crisp winter months, the sky becomes more transparent making it even easier to see the glittering skies above us, if you're lucky enough you may spot a Meteor shower. 

It’s not just the Dark Sky Park where you can experience the beauty of the night sky.  Head to the Northumberland Coast and with the right weather conditions you might be lucky enough to see the amazing Aurora Borealis.  Commonly known as the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis is a spectacular natural light display.

You don’t need an expensive telescope to enjoy Northumberland’s dark skies, just wrap up warm, pack a pair of binoculars, a hot drink and bite to eat and head off to enjoy a star studded show.  If you’d like to learn more about the night sky there is an exciting range of Northumberland Dark Sky Events including regular events at Kielder Observatory.

Share your #NlandStars experience


During the day you will be spoilt for choice of things to do and are sure to have unforgettable days out during your visit to Northumberland.  The Northumberland countryside and coast are home to awe-inspiring landscapes and whether you fancy a gentle stroll, wildlife watching or adrenaline fuelled mountain biking there really is something for everyone.  During autumn and winter the weather, like the rest of the country, can sometimes be a little unpredictable, however with all-weather attractions including museums, galleries and leisure centres there is plenty to keep you occupied.


Many Northumberland accommodation providers now offer special stargazing experiences and are ‘Dark Sky Friendly’.

Gallery | Northumberland's Dark Skies

Cawfields Dark Sky Discovery Site Sycamore Gap - Hadrian's Wall Star trail over Kielder Crammel Linn, near Gilsland

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