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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
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+44 191 265 5510
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16:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 03:00
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of...

The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of astronomy and physics. It serves to promote the universe to our guests, enabling people from all walks of life and levels of interest to access the visual splendour of the cosmos. With a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation to explore the depths of space. Expert tuition awaits the visitors who come along and take part in our featured events, sit in complete comfort in our classroom next to the log burning fire and let us take you on a tour of the universe.

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Friday 21st April- Aurora!!

I purchased tickets to go see 'the universe of stars' as a present for my boyfriends birthday. The observatory is a long and very dark drive but is definitely worth it! You wait... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rebekah M
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I purchased tickets to go see 'the universe of stars' as a present for my boyfriends birthday. The observatory is a long and very dark drive but is definitely worth it! You wait at the bottom of the car park until a staff member opens the gates to the observatory. You are welcomed and taken into a room with a... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was SO impressed with the event we attended, coordinated by an Astronomer, Astro-Physicist, Astro-Photographer and Aurora expert. They are very knowledgable, it's great to see the observatory and the equipment and do some stargazing. Hot chocolate also delicious! Wrap up warm 😊

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Thank zephaniep
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited Saturday night and although cloudy to start with it did clear enough to view Jupiter and her moons. The four staff were all very friendly and had good interaction with audience. Their talks on their specialism were excellent and they certainly knew their stuff. Great to see how the telescope is linked to the computer and also the photo... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved our trip to the Observatory and even got to see the Lights, which I'd not managed in Iceland! Really great staff, enthusiastic and super knowledgeable. Wrap up warm & take a torch for the walk at the end! Recommend this visit very highly.

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Thank EmmaEdin
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful place to go, even if the stars aren't your thing you can't help but enjoy every minute, so informative, relaxed, child friendly but cold! Wrap up warm, hats, gloves etc take your camera and enjoy

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Thank karannaphil
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first trip here and it wont be my last,from start to finish we were entertained by the excellent staff and even though we did not see an Aurora Borealis not because of the weather we saw everything else Jupiter and its moons millions literally of stars and Galaxies AND SO MUCH MORE. Yes like everyone else says... More 

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Thank George R
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the late night event at the observatory and had a really good (but cold) time. The staff are all excellent communicators who clearly love what they do and pass on their knowledge in an interesting and amusing way. The sky was a little cloudy but we were able to see Jupiter quite clearly and some other objects... More 

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Thank 52Chris52
Seaham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all the website says 'don't underestimate how cold it will be', please follow this advice as it is quite possibly the coldest place on earth. The weather was a bit unpredictable and we didn't see as much as we had hoped to. Matt did an amazing job of making the night as fun as possible and finding things... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Problematic weather during the day left us wondering whether we'd see anything at Kielder Observatory. Having waited by the locked gate, at the appointed hour, we drove up the dirt track and parked, not near the golf ball shaped observatory we thought we were aiming for, but alongside a long wooden building. There were spactular views! We were invited inside... More 

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Thank CambridgeJo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took our kids (13/6) to see the stars. We were very worried about the weather but despite rain when we arrived as soon as the presentation on northern lights finished the sky's cleared enough to see Jupiter in detail through the telescopes. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Kept both kids interested despite the late evening. Would highly recommend.

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