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
Move Over Brian Cox!
OwenKR-2016, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
We arranged to visit the Battlesteads Dark Sky Observation site; we had a pleasant afternoon and dinner in the Battlesteads Hotel. We made the short walk to the viewing area. It seems very obvious now but when you are standing next to the solar panels on a stick you can be forgiven for not knowing where you should go to be checked into the evening’s performance. Yes you follow the red lights but for the uninitiated a small sign pointing in the right direction would help the short walk up. We had all fingers crossed but we are well aware that we can’t control the weather and primarily the cloud. We had pretty much 98% cloud cover and saw very briefly a few stars. We moved back into the room past the telescope and the information was delivered about what we couldn’t see outside was very interesting. The pointer towards “Stellarium” was worth the fee by itself, its free and worth a down load. I am now checking the sky each evening for a cloudless so I can get stuck in.
Paul R, Holmfirth, United Kingdom
Taking advantage of the dark skies near Kielder forest, the observatory is well equipped with powerful telescopes and lots of powerful binoculars available. The presentation was very informative and interesting and views of the stars spectacular. First time I had seen Saturn through a telescope, amazing.
Good introduction to astronomy
Jon P, London, United Kingdom
The experience had the potential to be very good but a cloudy sky prevented us from making the most of our visit. Check the weather forecast before booking. £20 per person was a little on the expensive side. Interesting presentation but a touch amateurish. Good introduction/background for someone new to the subject.
Excellent facilities for star-gazing.
Steve F, Lowestoft, United Kingdom
The observatory,manned by enthusiastic amateur astronomers, is an excellent facility within the Kielder dark sky area. Milky-Way class viewing - unless cloudy! Knowledgeable staff, great facility, and a very entertaining evening.
Incredible Astronomy for beginners
Rachael C, Derby, United Kingdom
Visited Battlesteads Observatory as a last minute booking and was so glad I did! Chris the astronomer was brilliant and as the clouds disappeared we were treated to a spectacular night sky. 4 Planets, The Milky Way, hundreds of stars and a couple of shooting stars!!!! Excellent. Highly recommended (as good as Kielder but easier to get tickets!!)