The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional.
Located at a Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wark and under very dark skies, the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a 21st Century Countryside Village location:
- Luxury Astro Accommodation just metres away.
- Superb meals and snacks available, specialising in sustainable, locally sourced food.
- Free hot drinks and water available in the observatory Warm Room.
- Full mains electricity and wifi internet for all your Astro Equipment and Devices (laptops,tablets, smartphones).
- The road is open whatever the weather – even in midwinter snow, and we have plumbing!
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Restaurant / Cafe on site
Part of Travelzoo deal
Tom B, Motherwell, United Kingdom
Purchased this as an extra to the Travelzoo deal to the battlesteads hotel in wark , nice introduction to astronomy,but this is weather permitting and better in the winter months when sky is dark , unfortunately we didn't get to see much through telescope as weather was cloudy but we got an excellent talk from the astronomer Chris , who gave an excellent introduction into this subject with great knowledge and slide show in the observatory he's been into astronomy for 40 years so he was well versed on this
It's great when you go away for a break for a few days and get to do something completely different. We'd been looking forward to this holiday for months and we really weren't disappointed. Typically, the sky was cloudy when we started our dark skies experience, but we had a fantastic lecture about the night sky. Once that was done, the sky started to clear and we were able to see the Milky Way. Using binoculars, the amount we could see was incredible - it just shows what you can achieve without spending loads of money on expensive equipment. Our host also showed us some tips and tricks for navigating the sky. We were shown some great apps for smartphones to help identify what we were seeing. It was a pit we didn't get to break out the big telescope, but maybe next time! A fab birthday experience- thank you
ktbarker39, Stafford, United Kingdom
Not just sitting there looking at a dark sky. The 2 qualified guides talk you through what to look out for and where to find it! Great instruction for the complete novice. The more experienced can take on telescopes etc but they are provided if you don't have your own.
Amazing addition to the hotel - for use by hotel residents and passing visitors (advance booking recommended)
During our stay at the Battlesteads Hotel we had use of the Observatory. Unfortunately for the night of the observatory visit the skies were cloudy, however the visit still went ahead and lasted 2 hours (8.30pm-10.30pm) There was an extremely interesting talk on the sky at night, what to look out for during different seasons, and information and tips on the telescopes and equipment that could be used - and if the sky had been clear we could have used these. Warm drinks were also available to keep warm if required. As we were staying at the hotel for 3 nights, we were then able to use the information and knowledge gained to star-watch by ourselves the next night, which was clear, and whilst we could not access the observatory itself we set up our own equipment on its grounds, were able to observe a stunning clear night sky.
Great Add On
You can read my review if the hotel separately but I do recommend if you have a fascination with the world/universe we live in to book the observatory visit as part of your stay. The people that run this are so enthusiastic about the subject and the lack of street lights and the fact you are in a village means you see far more than you normally do in a town or city.