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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
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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Had a wonderful trip to kielder observatory, we had an 88 year old lady with us, it was very accessible for her and disabled people. The atmosphere is amazing, you really don't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Newcastle upon tyne
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Newcastle upon tyne
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful trip to kielder observatory, we had an 88 year old lady with us, it was very accessible for her and disabled people. The atmosphere is amazing, you really don't understand true dark skies till you experience this. On our trip it was raining so we couldn't use the telescopes but the talk that Dan gave was truly... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

An incredible place to visit. Gary and his team kept us mesmerised from start to finish. It was thick fog the night we visited so we were unable to see anything, but we all still had an amazing time. So interesting and informative. Such inspirational, lovely people. Thank you to all of you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Me and my husband visited the observatory as part of our 10th wedding anniversary celebrations. It was fantastic - we had a perfectly clear night and it was great to hear from such knowledgeable people and use the many different telescopes. We will definitely return in the future. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We visited Kielder Observatory for the Aurora Night. Unfortunately the weather was very cloudy and drizzly so we could not look through the telescopes or get the benefit of the Dark skies. However this wasn't a problem as we received a fantastic talk and were given lots of information from Gary and his team. We got to look at the... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The two previous times it was raining, but this time we got some clear skies. Amazing, inspirational and wonderful. The building is glorious and modern and with a clear night it is awesome. The staff/volunteers are passionate, committed and friendly people and help to make the place.

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Nottingham, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Was so excited to go here at the May bank holiday. Had plans to picnic on the shore of the lake, snooze on a blanket in the sun and head up for deep space observing at midnight. Well the British weather put paid to that! It was really cloudy and 2 degrees up there. However the observatory is still a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Me and my husband went to hopefully see the aurora last night unfortunately due to bad weather we couldn't use the main telescopes. All the staff tried there hardest checking constantly for a break in the clouds. Even though we didn't see through the telescopes it was still a great night all the staff were very knowledgeable and made the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Don't think about it just book your ticket and go if you are anywhere in Northumberland. We drove for over an hour to get there and worth every minute. The enthusiasm and knwledge of the team is commendable, the views before darkness falls incredible, the sights after dark even more incredible. We've done other observatory tours but this was the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

We attended the late night 11.30 viewing at the observatory The night started by everyone meeting in the bottom car park as we had to wait to be taken up the dirt track in convoy. Not a brilliant road with lots of pot holes so be careful. We were met by Dan, Matt and one of the volunteers with a... More 

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We have visited Kielder Observatory 5 times now, and each time it has been mind blowing! Gary and the team are incredible, their knowledge and enthusiasm are inspiring.....and we've been miraculously lucky to have had clear skies every time. Jupiter is always inspiring, but every time Gary shows us something we've never dreamed of seeing before - so if you... More 

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