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Kielder Observatory

Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: 07805638469
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Owner description: The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of astronomy and physics. It...
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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county durham
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting and informative night. Dan and the rest of the team were really enthusiastic made the whole evening enjoyable. Sadly the weather was terrible so no stars to be seen. But we will definitely be going back until we see the stars.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We booked for the Aurora night on 23rd February. When driving there we were worried it would be cancelled as it was snowing very heavily, however the staff persevered and took us up to the observatory in groups in a Land Rover. Due to the weather we unfortunately did not get clear skies and it was too wet to open... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We were really lucky to have a relatively clear night when we visited on a late night aurora session. This being the case, the guys leading the event decided to shorten down the talk at the beginning in order to get us out looking at the stars, which turned out to be the right choice, as clouds started to roll... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We had an amazing family adventure last night, memories will last forever. How lucky we were to have a mostly clear night. The guys are so enthusiastic and knowledgable . Hope we can visit again. My 3 teenagers had a fantastic time in spite of the 02.30 finish. Tips would be:- Be patient Wrap up well with plenty of base... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We booked for the Aurora Borealis, unfortunately the English weather prevented us from looking through the telescopes. Although this did not ruin the night! The staff we friendly, knowledgable and humorous. They made the night very entertaining and we will definitely be back to try and use the telescopes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited 20th Feb 11,30 till 2,30am slot with my wife and 12year old daughter. The 3 guys up there that night where awesome unbelievably enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We where lucky to have clear skies all night and had plenty of opportunities to use the 3 telescopes. We also enjoyed the slides and talks Dan showed us. Already planning another... More 

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northumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

A fantastic late night out Dan,Will and Colin sizzle with enthusiasm and determination to give visitors a fantastic experience of looking into deep space and appreciating what is out there.Highly recommended for anyone who has ever looked at a dark night sky and wanted to know more.Remember to take money for an exclusive Keilder mug.

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Epernon, France
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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visiting the observatory is an experience in itself - on a cloudy night it's very hard to see so I'd recommend bringing a torch. Once you arrive you get a very interesting presentation from Dan, an astronomer at the observatory whose passion and enthusiasm made the trip truly enjoyable, even though we didn't get to see any stars. You'll also... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We went on Monday for the northern lights night. Unfortunately they didn't appear until we'd gone! That aside, we had a fantastic but very cold evening. All had the opportunity to try the 2 main scopes and use the portable scopes set up out side. The staff were extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and more importantly gave us the info in easy... More 

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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Fabulous late night romantic evening on Valentines Night. Out of this world location, on top of a deep dark hill in the fabulous Kielder Forest. Fog came down and zero visibility...but the mind blowing photos, facts, figures, and equipment...and the unbelievable enthusiasm of the staff made for a very special and unforgettable evening. Already planning another trip back...and dusting off... More 

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