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
Spectacular introduction to stargazing
wensday, S Yorkshire
We stayed (third visit) at Battlesteads which was as good as ever. However on this occasion we booked for the observatory which is situated at the rear of the hotel. One of the most enjoyable hour or so we've had in ages. Knowledgeable guide, very patient with helping us to search the skies and the use of the large telescope opens up images I'd only ever heard of and never seen first hand. I would thoroughly recommend this whether staying at the hotel or just visiting.
Knowledgeable guides, great equipment, perfect dark skies
Chrissienich, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We were looking for a hotel near Hadrian's wall and the observatory was an added bonus which turned out to be much more. We booked 2 separate nights on-line - the 1st was a beginners guide to star gazing at £17 per person and the 2nd was on astrophotography at £21 per person. The 1st night was beautifully clear but the full moon meant it was too light to see some things such as the Milky Way. However there was lots of other things to see such as Jupiter and its 4 main moons, various nebulae and galaxies. The evening was fully booked and we wondered how we would all get a chance to view everything but it was not a problem - we had 2 instructors and 2 main telescopes plus numerous binoculars and we all got to view everything we wanted though the large telescopes. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us loads of hints and tips for what to look for and how to find them. The 2nd night was cloudy but we were still able to photograph the moon. Chris was great and really helpful in explaining everything in what is quite a complex subject depending on your prior photography experience. If you bring your own equipment he will help you take photographs using it as well . The sessions started at 20:30 and the length of both sessions seemed open ended as in both cases our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts seemed happy to continue for as long as anyone wanted. Based on our experiences we would definitely visit again
Dark sky star gazing
Polkadottery, London, United Kingdom
The time just flew by and before I could count to ten the two hours were over but I didn't need to worry because the team at the observatory are so enthusiastic that time is a meaningless concept. So the two hours drifted into 3 and as the clouds cleared we gazed into infinity and beyond. What a wonderful experience and highly recommended particularly if like me your knowledge of the Universe is not very good.
Darned Doris didn't dampen our delight
FluffyPeggie, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Chris & Martin educated, entertained & guided us through the night skies - even though all we saw was cloud & rain. The presentation was superb and their knowledge is great, deffo recommended.
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.