Kielder Observatory

Kielder Water and Forest Park
Kielder
Northumberland
NE48 1ER

0191 265 5510

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Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water & Forest Park run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society. Please visit www.kielderobservatory.org for all event bookings.

Famed for having the darkest night skies in England thanks to minimal light pollution, Kielder Water & Forest Park is a star gazers' heaven and the Observatory offers exciting opportunities for those with an interest in learning more about the night sky.

Like the deck of a ship sailing above the landscape, the Observatory provides astronomers with a permanent facility in the heart of Northumberland. It is part of the art and architecture programme that has turned the park into an open air gallery over the last ten years.

Anyone can visit the Observatory at any time and walk around the decking. However, the turrets and astronomical equipment can only be operated by fully qualified members of the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS) during specific events. Check www.kielderobservatory.org for all event listings.

Those wishing to visit during the day can park in the car park for Skyspace* (signed posted from Kielder Castle) and walk up the hill (50 minutes) - there are also excellent views of Kielder Water.

The Observatory is fantastic to visit all year round - the spectacular views are best in summer while the winter nights are darker and better for star gazing.

As part of the process of developing the Observatory project, artist Alec Finlay created 'One Hundred Year Star Diary', an astronomical diary cataloguing all major astronomical events from 2008-2108 with space for owners to write their own notes and observations on the events that they have witnessed. Finlay researched the book with professional astronomers and developed a series of visual representations for each type of event. Please see Star Diary's separate entry for more information. Information about Alec Finlay's work can be found at www.alecfinlay.com

*Skyspace is a circular room which is illuminated by a combination of natural and artificial light at different times of the day. During dawn and dusk, the changing light conditions create a rich and unforgettable display of tone and colour. Both Skyspace and the Observatory are part of the art & architecture programme at Kielder Water & Forest Park.

To reach the observatory make your way to the additional car park for the Skyspace (see map) and begin your walk from there. Distance 1 mile to the Skyspace, a further 0.5 miles to the Observatory. Please note that there is a vehicular barrier beyond the additional car park and although you can obtain a key from the Forestry Commission shop to make it possible to drive as far as the Skyspace, vehicular access after this point is restricted to times when astronomy events are being held.

The Observatory is run by the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society (KOAS) who have developed an access programme to enable people to find out more about astronomy, visit the building and use the astronomical equipment. This programme covers all levels of interest and includes both night and daytime events.

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Free
(External Viewpoint)
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tripadvisor
12/11/2017

Great venue for star gazing


Dave C, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
I wenr with a group of students from one of the top independant schools in Newcastle and found it fascinating. Great equipment and knowledgeable staff. er
tripadvisor
10/11/2017

Dark Skies


patsy77_12, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Went to an aurora night, didn't even see one star, it was so cloudy, but still had a really good night, the staff are so very informative and make learning enjoyable!!! We ended up in the classroom having a physics lesson!! Was really interesting, you can tell the staff love there job and are very passionate about it. I will never look at a star the same again! Take a torch and wear boots as it is muddy and totally pitch black from the car park to the observatory.
tripadvisor
07/11/2017

Brilliant


John F, Sunderland, United Kingdom
Simply a wonderful place. Staff were amazing and so knowledgeable. The weather did not play nice but they had plans in place with some excellent talks.
tripadvisor
31/10/2017

Star Attraction


petecable, Southampton, United Kingdom
I attended an astro-photography course here on 29/10/2017. The instructors were great and the site is exceptional.

Kielder Observatory replied: Many thanks for your review ... so pleased that you had a good night and hope that we can welcome you back soon.
tripadvisor
29/10/2017

Brilliant Night Under The Stars


Peter G,
Excellent night at Astro Photography course led by Hayden & his team who were entertaining,informative & extremely helpful.

Kielder Observatory replied: Delighted that you had such a good night Peter and hope that we can welcome you back soon.

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