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
It was cloudy
Geepster, Thirsk, United Kingdom
Great facility, shame it was cloudy. Chris was very knowledgeable and put the subject across clearly. Ask him about the dark side of the moon
Excellent Addition To The Hotel
Bittlenutuck, Ilkley,West Yorkshire
This is a novel and brilliant addition to the Hotel. Reasonable rate for an eveing session, in fact not much different to the Kielder Dark Sky Observatory but a much better personal service Very informative host and great facilities. Hope you get a good sky....un
A great night
Although we didn't see any real stars because there was total cloud cover, the staff made the evening very interesting and informative (and light hearted)
Very informative visit
We visited the observatory while staying at the Battlesteads hotel for the weekend. We were extremely lucky in that we had a clear (but quite cold) night, with the moon and stars all visible with the naked eye. Our guide was very knowledgable and able to answer all of the questions posed. The telescope was set to point at various night sky objects, and everyone was given binoculars to find other stars and galaxies. No Aurora to see on that night, but good information about what it was and tools to use to help spot it when it happened. Free hot drinks were available. All in all a very enjoyable couple of hours.
Good food, nice surroundings
The Battlesteads is a combined hotel and restaurant. We used only the restaurant. It had quite a good menu, but should add some pub favourites. I guess that says it all, it is trying to be a gastro pub, but not quite achieving it. So, add some favourites and admit to catering for less gastro minded people. Nice surroundings and generally friendly staff