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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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8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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Cloudy Night but excellent experience

My dad and I love going to Kielder stargazing. For christmas he booked tickets to go to the Observatory on 01/02/16 - We arrived in epically bad weather but when the clouds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Steven L
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My dad and I love going to Kielder stargazing. For christmas he booked tickets to go to the Observatory on 01/02/16 - We arrived in epically bad weather but when the clouds cleared we got some stunning views of the Milky Way. We arrived to a warm welcome at the observatory by volunteer Colin and Hayden there were two other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived for the late event, praying for decent weather all day. This was to no avail, and it was rubbish cloud, however this isn't their problem and that's the risk you take, so they made the best of a bad situation. The team, Dan, Hayden, Becky and Dr Luke ;-) were really enthusiastic and so passionate about the night... More 

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KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review Ameeth00, Alas wherever we go we are always at the hands of the weather and the observatory is no different. The observatory team are buoyed by your review and we are gracious for all your compliments, especially Dr Luke ;-). The observatory is an arena to get burning questions answered no matter what storm... More 

Gateshead
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We first visited in Dec 2014 for my birthday. We had a very clear sky with a full moon but we saw alot throught he telescopes. 2nd time in late 2015 it was cloudy and we coudn't see anything through the telescopes. The talk was a bit boring and the hot drinks were so regulated we were dying of thirst... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather forecast was poor which tempered our expectations of the Northern Lights Experience at the Observatory last night, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable time, despite not being able to use the telescopes. Access to the Observatory is via a 2 mile track up onto the top of a hill.We were guided into the building by one of the... More 

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Thank H L
KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review H L. Every part of an event at the observatory is an adventure, be it driving up our woodland track in whatever weather Northumberland can throw at us to using our composting toilet :-). All at the observatory are extremely grateful for your review of your event despite the weather not being on your side.... More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sky was cloudy as we drove up to kielder,so we were little disappointed but we should not have worried. The team up there made everything so interesting, fun and informative. They had the kids holding up all the different planets and bits of moon rock and meteorites, my kids thought this was great. They showed us how the telescopes... More 

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KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review 1707mel, Alas as we all know we cannot control the UK weather, however what we can control is your experience at the observatory regardless of the weather. We are pleased you and your family enjoyed your event with us, it's not everyday you get to hold a piece of another planet! Thanks again for your... More 

newcastle
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48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

thanks to the team for a friendly, informative visit. we managed to get views of the moon & jupiter- great. the presentations are very interesting & the observatory is in a spectacular setting. forest track is fine for driving up unless snowy/icy conditions. for any other astonomical idiots/virgins ( myself) please be aware-images you see in photos & on internet... More 

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Thank bambi4sluice
KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review bambi4sluice, Jupiter and the Moon are very much beautiful sights through our telescopes and we are pleased the skies cleared for you to observe them. You are quite right when you mention views through telescopes are different to the colourful, long-exposure images that appear on internet search engines. The Moon does not appear too... More 

Darlington UK
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As it snowed heavily the day before, we were a little apprehensive in travelling from the hotel in Stannersburn to the Observatory at 11 pm. Well, we needn't have worried! It took about 15 mins, mainly due to the road conditions , to be met at the entrance to the road to the observatory by a convoy of 4 x... More 

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Thank chrisrichraby
KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Hi chrisrichraby, thank you for your wonderfully kind review. The snowy conditions are always a challenge no matter what journeys we all take, all at the observatory do their very best to ensure our events can take place whilst keeping the safety of our guests at the forefront of our thoughts. We understood that the majority of our guests had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on 3rd Jan 2016 and although the sky was really cloudy and we could not observe the stars, we still had a fabulous night due to the amazingly knowledgeable staff. Will definatley go back

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Thank Sarah S
KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Sarah S, Our team are well rehearsed in all conditions and all at the obs are pleased you enjoyed your event. We hope you visit again soon and the weather is on our side. More 

stockport
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103 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I feel a bit mean marking this review low as the overall premise for the observatory should make it a winner every time. After all, the price to visit is not cheap, so most attending will be converts or interested in the subject matter to let any shortcomings pass by. Nevertheless it was a disappointing evening as the snow fell... More 

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Albiro, Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We always aim to ensure our events go ahead, in all but the most extreme of weather conditions. The staff on duty that night were all trained 4x4 drivers and had assessed the conditions and deemed it safe to proceed. Indeed I have had countless reviews from visitors that night about how much they enjoyed the... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited when the snow was awful, luckily the event was not cancelled and the lads took us up in land rovers. the sky was cloudy and we sadly did not get to do any observing but the night was still really good with the information the staff know, we were mad to feel very welcome and it is a lovely... More 

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KielderObservatory, Public Relations Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Katie-Ann F :-). The wintery conditions will not stand in our way of holding an event, all our team all have qualifications in 4x4 driving to ensure our events can go ahead. We are pleased you enjoyed your event although the weather was not on our side, the delivery team give their all to ensure... More 

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