Kielder Observatory

Overview

Overview

Nestled in the Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland, Kielder Observatory is a spectacular experience for all the family. Sited in the largest gold tier-protected dark sky park in the whole of Europe, the stargazing can be breathtaking: the ‘Kielder moment’ is very special, the moment that visitors look up at the glittering skies and realise that they’re completely connected to this vast cosmos, yet utterly unique within it.   

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 Kielder Water and Forest Park into an open-air gallery over the last 10 years.  

The observatory hosts events to suit everyone: there are family events to entertain young explorers; relaxed events for people with different abilities; introductory events; legends behind the constellations events; and events focusing on phenomena such as the aurora, our moon, dark matter, and exoplanets. 

Access to the Observatory is for ticket-holders only: booking is essential and can be done via the website. The access track is 2 miles long, uncased and single lane so is only opened for events one hour before to ensure traffic up and down the track is managed properly – you can walk up to the Observatory during the day and enjoy the spectacular views but there are no facilities available during the day. Skyspace, a circular room which is illuminated by a combination of natural and artificial light at different times of the day, can also be accessed via the track to the Observatory. During dawn and dusk, the changing light conditions create a rich and unforgettable display of tone and colour.  

Kielder Observatory — a beacon for dark skies. Come and find your infinite inspiration.

Road directions

Sat-nav users beware, the observatory does not have a postcode.

Coming northbound from Bellingham the turn off for the observatory is about 1/2 mile before Kielder Village (NE48 1ER), the track is clearly marked with a brown road tourism sign labelled "Kielder Skyspace and Observatory".

Southbound from Scotland drive straight past Kielder Village (NE48 1ER) then the turn off for the observatory is about 1/2 mile after the village, the track is clearly marked with a brown road tourism sign labelled "Kielder Skyspace and Observatory".

The track will be opened to vehicles 1 hr before the event starts and it is a further 2 miles through the forest to the observatory visitor car park. If the track is not open when you arrive please wait for a staff member to arrive, the track is suitable for most vehicles but do not exceed 15mph. Disabled visitors may park beside the observatory building. We have no waiting area so if you arrive early please wait in the decking area or in your vehicle.

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Ticketing and entry prices for Kielder Observatory

Type Entry for Guide price
Free
(External Viewpoint)
1
£0.00
per ticket
Single
(Main evening event)
1
£30.00
per ticket

Please be aware all children under 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult, all of whom must have a ticket. 

Tickets must be booked in advance and we often sell out early, so please check our website for availability and to book: https://kielderobservatory.org/our-events

Dates & times for Kielder Observatory, Kielder

From To
Open all year.
 

Whilst the observatory is accessible all year round its doors are only open when there are events on.

Please be aware all children under 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult, all of whom must have a ticket. 

Tickets must be booked in advance and we often sell out early, so please check our website for availability and to book: https://kielderobservatory.org/our-events

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