Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Wark on Tyne
NE48 3LS

01434 230209

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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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Ticketing and entry prices for Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

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Dark Sky Beginners

My partner has a keen beginners interest I astronomy so I was particularly hopeful that this would be an enjoyable event on a 3 day mini break. On arrival, Chris was very friendly and pleasant, there were only 4 of us in the party so quickly felt at ease. The sky should have been cloudy but all in all we fell lucky and with a little ducking in and out of the hut from the rain/heavy cloud, got to see a lot. Chris was on the ball, when the clouds came over too heavy, he was ready with informative/educational material in the hut. He kept us all interested and answered all our questions. Would recommend this activity, the sky is amazing but obviously weather permitting.


Sarah W,
This was our third visit to the observatory and we had an amazingly clear night. The visit was made more amazing by seeing a shooting star. Was led by a very knowledgeable and passionate local gentleman. Fabulous visit. Thanks again for an informative visit. See you again.

Very disappointed

Explorer78600, Blyth, United Kingdom
We booked in for an Aurora hunting evening we knew the forecast was low so we knew the chances we're not good we we're excited to learn about what we needed to hunt the Aurora borealis for ourselves and hopefully photograph them but the man talked all night about stars & how to find them he talked very little on the Aurora borealis showing us an you tube video that explained more than he did, he had star gazing the night before & the night after it felt like that's all he was interested in he even said himself the Aurora borealis wasn't his thing very disappointed

Inspiring talk about the solar system and galaxies

Super informative astronomy talk. It’s a shame we had 100% cloudy skies but can’t knock them for that. Our group size was around 15-20 people which felt a little too large.

Star gazing evening

jaynef949, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
A really interesting evening starting with a very informative presentation and then the awesome opportunity to use the specialist equipment to see the sky up close and personal. Lovely evening that I would recommend to others. The presentation was delivered by two very passionate individuals who really enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience. We combined the evening with a taster menu from the Battlesteads hotel/restaurant which I would also recommend.

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