Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Wark on Tyne
NE48 3LS

01434 230209

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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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Ticketing and entry prices for Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

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Don't go on a cloudy night...

bstrvl55711, Dallas, Texas
So this is a prepay/reservation type of event. Not cheap for 2 hours, but appeared (based on other reviews) to be worth it. When we left for the day I asked if it would be happening that night due to the weather forecast. Was then told it ran "rain or shine". I didn't know how, but okay. Anyway show up that night and it is a full house. Was informed we would just have a lecture and no stargazing. No chance for a refund. Okay. Well the "lecture" seemed to be impromptu, and included watching youtube videos (not originals but someone else's videos I could have watched at home) and viewing a "free program" that shows the stars. Again things I can do at home. Everyone was falling asleep. Note that this is a group that was interested in the tpic enough to pay for this, and yet were not impressed. I was not happy. They should have refunded the fee and offered the "lecture" to encourage us to return another day. I mean, if the weather is too bad for a fishing trip, they don't keep the money. This was ridiculous.

Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory replied: We regret that your evening at the observatory did not go as you would have hoped and only wish you had mentioned this on the evening in question, instead of after the event. We are disappointed that we failed to make the night enjoyable for you, which is our main aim. To address some of your specific concerns, The events take place whatever the weather and if star gazing is not possible the talk is designed to give a light but informative introduction to the night sky, which we hope will help, should you get a chance in the future to observe the night sky from a dark sky site. Our guests are of mixed ability with different levels of enthusiasm so the talk assumes no prior knowledge. The visual aids used such as the short youtube video and the planetarium software are deliberately taken from those freely available, to enable the guests to access them later for themselves should they wish to. We see our aim is to make guests aware of these resources and provide information on how to access them.

Cloudy night.

tina562015, Derby, United Kingdom
My Partner and I spent a very interesting evening at Battlesteads Observatory,the Lecture was informative and set at a level that even a rooky could understand. Unfortunately it was very cloudy and disappointing that we couldn't see through the telescope , I think this should be at a reduced rate as we only got half the experience. I have only rated this as average .

Enjoyable and interesting evening

juneybum, Carlisle, United Kingdom
Really enjoyed this evening. Very interesting, the guy was so enthusiastic and he made the stars come to life for us.


KellyT79, London, United Kingdom
My partner and I were here as part of a deal with the hotel. The observatory is located at the back of the hotel and is well placed. We had about an hour and a half of clear sky so were able to see Saturn and its rings, the plough as well as the craters of the moon. The astronomer was very friendly and knowledgable and explained everything very well. We were able to look through 3 telescopes and binoculars at the front and back of the observatory. Enjoyable time and a must see if astronomy is of interest to you.


stu_denise, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
The observatory is very well appointed and staffed by extremely knowledgable amateur astronomers. We had a most informative lecture on the subject of an introduction to Astronomy

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