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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Kielder, England
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Owner description: 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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Birtley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Atteneded Aurora night on 26th with two family members and had a good night despite no stargazing. Discussion on the way home (which is local) we all thought that it would be less of a disappointment to people who were unable to see anything, to be given a 50% discount voucher for a return trip say within 6 months. Some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

What a great evening. I know a bit about astronomy and astrophysics and was amazed by Dan's ability to find his way round the night sky. It a bit like the astronomy gaps you can get for your phone only quicker, more accurate, more knowledgeable and more enthusiastic. There was quite a bit of cloud on the night we were... More

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Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

It was my first visit to the observatory and it was all I hoped it would be despite the rather foggy weather which limited what we could easily see. It was so great to have Dan, Sam, Fred and Toni as our guides. They are so enthusiastic and obviously want all the visitors to enjoy the experience as much as... More

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Melrose, Scottish Borders
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This dark skies observatory is just brilliant. This dream of being the best public access observatory in Europe deserves the support of everyone who has even the slightest interest in astronomy or "Space". The enthusiasm of the volunteers who run the place is something to be seen! On the evening we visited we didn't see a single star! But that... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We visited the observatory on the 13th of November , for the Aurora night , the welcome was very nice and it was nice to meet the director of the observatory , and the story of his dream to make this dream a reality, unfortunately the weather was extremely foggy so the telescopes couldn't be used , a detailed slide... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

went to hopefully see the Northern Lights and a galaxy of stars. Failed both nights due to fog, but still had a great time in the observatory due to the guys at Kielder Obs - Gary, Neil, Dan and Karl. Cheers guys

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Newcastle upon Tyne
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This trip was given to my husband (and I was given a ticket too!) for his 70th birthday. We went to a midnight experience (there was a 5pm family experience and an 8pm visit too.) Dan was so informative as we waited to see if the sky would clear.... it did! so the 3 different sized telescopes were opened up... More

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Newcastle, England
4 reviews 4 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

We were hoping for a nice clear night but unfortunately that was not the case. It was extremely foggy and not a star in sight. We were visiting with our 9 year old son and friend. This did not spoil the visit at all, Dan and Gary were great providing interesting facts and showing everyone the telescopes. They were very... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This was a birthday surprise for my wife (honestly) - and she just loved it even though we didn't get to see anything thanks to heavy cloud and mist. Gary and the team were absolutely fascinating and some of the ideas they presented us with were truly mind-expanding. We came away inspired - and with a far better grasp of... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I gave this as a 50th birthday present, the best thing i ever done She was blown away as was i at the awesome sights, & talks

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