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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A superb experience for newcomers and veteran stargazers alike.
thesidsmith, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Just back from a wonderful evening at the observatory. I can’t thank the staff Chris and Martin enough for the way they carefully explained what we were seeing in the night sky. Their enthusiasm and knowledge were key to getting the most out of the evening. The fact that it coincided with a remarkably clear evening was the icing on the cake. Being able to look at various stars and formations through the large telescope just added to the sense of wonder at the constellations above us. They also provided the powerful binoculars which again enhanced what we were able to see with the naked eye. It’s hard to think how things could have been improved upon. Suffice to say I came away awed and enthused by what we had seen. Superb service from start to finish. I can’t recommend it enough and will be back in the summer.
Jill301, London, England, United Kingdom
We booked the Observatory through Battlesteads Hotel as the highlight of a family birthday weekend. It was a very cold night and a bit cloudy but the astronomer, Chris, did a wonderful job in keeping us warm inside when needed and whipping us out of doors to position the telescope when it was clear enough to star gaze. He was so interesting and knowledgeable and brought the skies to life. We all had a wonderful and very memorable time.
Diane P, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Super moon and a super night. Visited the observatory on an evening that was advertised as “ getting to know your telescope “ . The majority of guests came without telescopes and a very knowledgeable Chris was not in any way phased and customised the evening to suit the audience. An all together remarkable evening. Certainly made me contemplate the complexity of the universe. I will never look up at the moon or stars in the same way again! Thank you to Chris
Great introduction to the world of astronomy
Tim H, Dronfield, United Kingdom
We enjoyed a great evening at the observatory. Blessed with clear skies after a week of rain and gloom there was plenty to see, giving you a tantalising glimpse into the wider universe around us. The staff are both friendly and knowledgeable, with a real sense of enthusiasm for their subject, making this an ideal introduction to astronomy. You get to use the telescopes and binoculars at the observatory, although you can bring your own if you wish. The whole evening is pitched at complete beginners, making this an extremely accessible event. It looks like the team also runs more advanced courses too for those who want to take advantage of the superb location (and nearby hotel bar ...). Obviously this is an exposed location and the events run at night, so the most important thing is to wear sensible outdoor clothing and wrap up warm. However, the observatory includes a warm indoor area and a hot drinks vending machine, so if you want to go stargazing in comfort with professional staff on hand to help then this is the place to do it. A great experience and somewhere we'd definitely return to when we can. Thoroughly recommended.
Happywanderers2018, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Excellent evening. Cold and slightly cloudy but able to see amazing sights through large telescope and binoculars. Although having seen the moons crators on tv etc to see them personally thr' the telescope was very special. Free hot drinks available at any time within the observatory. Recommend eating at the hotel beforehand - excellent food and service. Highly recommended.