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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: +44 191 265 5510
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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Description: 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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If ever something depended on weather

... This is it! We were unlucky and went on a cloudy night. The talks and tour is good, but it all seemed a bit rushed when looking at the telescopes, or handling 'space rocks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

... This is it! We were unlucky and went on a cloudy night. The talks and tour is good, but it all seemed a bit rushed when looking at the telescopes, or handling 'space rocks'. Useful tips for looking at night sky in future. Some guests were on their second or third visit with no luck. It's a long drive... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Booked an evening of star gazing for our holiday and we cannot rate it highly enough. I phoned to check whether the planned activities would be ok with my disability and the staff could not be helpful enough. I would say most other UK attractions could learn from the guys here. An really interesting evening and despite the cloud, the... More 

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Essex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We made a 2 hour journey from our rental cottage to attend a Shooting Star Spectacular at the observatory, it was absolutely worth the trip, the whole evening, 8-11pm, was fantastic, the staff were great, completely approachable and full of knowledge that they were only to happy to share, no question was too basic or too complicated, my daughter is... More 

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Peterborough
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Despite a very overcast night resulting in too much cloud cover to see any stars we still had a great evening. Informative and fun, Gary and his crew kept us highly entertained and educated us in the wonders of the night sky. Thanks guys- you did a great job! We will return and hope for clear skies next time.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Walked up the hill to the observatory last summer. Great views of the lake from there. Decided to try a night at the observatory but had to book months in advance. Stopped at the Pheasant Inn on way that night for good food. The night at the venue was cold even indoors so get well wrapped up. Great night but... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had a brilliant night , clear night which was great saw Saturn and it's moon also andromeda , was so lucky it was. Clear but cold night for mid august , dan and the other 2guys and 1 girl were so good and informative , went to 7 45 event but next time would go to later one with... More 

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Lancashire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Booked as a surprise for my space loving girlfriend and we both came away beaming from cheek to cheek. We got very very lucky with the weather, clear skies, no moon and on a night where the northern lights were just touching the top of the UK. We attended the late night Aurora show, was warmly greeted, short briefing and... More 

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Loved the simplicity of the structures, unfortunately we were just passing through and were lucky enough to be angle to drive up the the observatory but unable to enter. The drive was lovely and we hope to return and will make an appointment in advance. The gates are locked usually but it is possible to walk up to the observatory.

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had planned our Easter break holiday to specifically revolve around this. After a long drive from our hotel in Carlisle, we were guided by a convoy of other visitors up a long bumpy road to the observatory. It's clear a lot of trees were cut down to make the observatory and have a flat area around it, I hope... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Booked to come here while camping at kielder campsite on 1st August. Despite the skies not being kind to us ( cloudy) and the main telescope breaking down in the morning we had a wonderful few hours here. I had my 6 year old and 2.5 year old daughters with me. The eldest absolutely loved it . Obviously went completely... More 

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