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
A night with the stars
Went to the observatory on a deal. First we had a 5 course taster menu in the restaurant. Got to admit i do like the food there. Even though our first course came and we got told it was pepper and tomato soup and it turned out to be mushroom!! Never mind. The rest of the food was delious. Then it was the observatory part of the night. I always knew there was an observatory but wasn't sure where it was. Never mind found it. It was right at the back past the car park. The staff were very friendly and informative. The night was learn how to us binoculars and telescopes. I have been star gazing many times at other places and have to admit never been shown how to use equipment. So it was interesting. The cloud cleared and we were able to see many objects such as the 7 sister cluster and the plough. The staff were approachable so you could ask anything. Will definitely go back to another night now i know they do public events and you can book on their website. I would certainly recommend a visit.
alexandra h, Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Booked an aurora hunting evening. Unfortunately the sky was cloudy all night which can't be help. Roy was very accommodating and said he would stay until the cloud had passed which would have been very late. However the sky stayed cloudy but nevermind! I would love to come back on a clear night and put all my new astronomy knowledge to good use. Very interesting and a brilliant new experience to add to a great meal and stay at Battlesteads.
paul d, Leicester, United Kingdom
Booked this with the hotel accommodation as we thought it would be a much darker sky than where we live. Not disappointed . It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the expert who gave us the lecture put it all in a way a layperson would understand .For a reasonable price we did something on a getaway break that we had not done before and would perhaps never have thought of doing.
Attended for aurora hunting- the guide/instructor was very knowledgeable and patient- entertaining lots of varied questions! We'll worth the visit.
A lovely evening
Sian B, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
We booked dinner at Battlestead with a star gazing evening ato the observatory on a travelzoo deal. What a bargain! Dinner was stunning. The star gazing surpassed our expectations we were helped by a clear night, the stars, galaxies and planets were out in force. Chris and Roy were very knowledgeable but also managed to make it accessible and interesting . Plenty of binoculars to go around and two different telescopes so plenty of opportunities to see more detail. A lot of thought has gone into thedesign of the observatory eliminating white light on the approach so that your vision is not comprised. The only improvement in would suggest is a better coffee machine