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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: 07805638469
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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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A birthday gift that was out of this world.

My wife bought me a three day visit to Kielder Observatory for my birthday. If you or your loved one are interested in astronomy, I can't recommend it enough! I would caution... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

My wife bought me a three day visit to Kielder Observatory for my birthday. If you or your loved one are interested in astronomy, I can't recommend it enough! I would caution anyone who is intending to visit for one day only - you may not get to look through one of their telescopes due to the cloudy weather -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went up there earlier this week for the public viewing, and even though it was too cloudy to star gaze we were shown the equipment and were given various talks. If anything we preferred the talks because we learned a lot about the night sky and the equipment used. All the staff were really enthusiastic and did a fantastic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic place, unfortunately it was a cloudy night so no way of seeing the stars. We were staying near Kielder castle for the week and most nights had been clear. Never mind the chaps up there showed us one of the telescopes and we had a talk on the night skies. Very interesting. We got lifts up and back to... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

I have visited the observatory twice. The first time it was rainy, windy, and bleak. It was an Aurora night and we were entertained with in interesting talk and presentation, but couldn't use the telescopes. This time around we went deep space observing, and we did manage to get to use the telescopes which was fantastic. My main advice is... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had booked to go with our son and daughter in law and their children to a children's event. It was a gusty, snowy evening and when we arrived it was touch and go as to whether we would drive up the track or be taken up and down by the staff with four wheel drives. A member of staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I bought 2 places for my boyfriends christmas present as he is very interested in the that type of thing and it was well worth it! Gary and Dan are so knowledgable about the subject you could ask them pretty much anything and get a perfect answer and a thank you to Will who managed to get Jupiter in view.... More 

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

we (myself wife and eldest daughter) visited the observatory for a "aurora " night, unfortunately it was a cloudy snowy night so we didn't experience the northern lights but what we did experience was a unique place to spend a few hours and be educated about our understanding of the skies. We had an informative chat with Gary before Dan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Booked onto an night for deep space observation, however the weather was not kind for us as it was cloudy. It didn't matter as it was our first time at the observatory. It was good to explore site, the presentation and photos from other nights were great to see. Everyone was friendly and very knowledge. Well worth the trip.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Went at night when it was closed but still a good point to walk to and see the forest. Nice building and a great spot for star gazing. The skyspace is also worth a visit and about halfway down the track.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Sadly there was thick fog when I visited in November, so I was disappointed not to see any stars. However, the Observatory was still a fantastic place to visit (if you're interested in all things space) and we enjoyed our visit immensely. The talks were extremely informative and fun, and having visited on Aurora night I learnt everything I need... More 

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