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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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We visited the observatory on June 21 which is the longest day. The weather had been inclement all day but we crossed everything and drove up a dirt track in search of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the observatory on June 21 which is the longest day. The weather had been inclement all day but we crossed everything and drove up a dirt track in search of the observatory. Thank goodness it was still light, the road seemed to go on forever but is probably only a couple of miles max. The doors opened at... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Having been bought a ticket by my wife as a surprise birthday present, I went on the evening of the 9th June. Never been to a telescope observatory before and was excited by prospect. It’s a lovely forest area and seeing as observatories have to be high up, of course, the drive off the main road via a dusty /... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

I visited the observatory in May. We all enjoyed a very enthusiastic presentation by Dan, (Astronomer) and his little band of helpers. Most informative and we did get to see Jupiter and 4 moons as good shots of the moon. Unfortunately after a beautiful day of clear skies we got cloud!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Excellent informative and entertaining overview of what we may see followed by brilliant observation of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. As absolute novices having never looked at the night sky through a telescope before it was an enthralling evening. Being midsummer the sky did not get totally dark but we will be booking a winter evening visit after this. Be prepared... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

The event was great and the staff were friendly helpful and knowledgeable. A wonderful experience which gave some fascinating information about the stars and the universe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Came on Saturday 20 June with the family for the 8:30 Aurora Night. We all found this to be a real interesting night and was a great 40th Birthday surprise for me, our hosts were very knowledgable and also importantly very enthusiastic and passionate. This rubbed off on us all. Although the night was mainly cloudy we did see glimpses... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Really looked forward to an evenings star gazing but hopes were dashed due to good old England's summer weather. However, the enthusiasm of Matt and Colin and the potential of this wonderful pie in the sky dream that Kielder Observatory patrons possess makes this place very special indeed. Would urge all and sundry to visit, ask questions and contribute to... More 

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Tyneside,England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Kielder Observatory is an experience not to be missed.The Dark Skies title is a reference to the absence of light pollution in this area.The night sky ,just to the naked eye,is a revelation.You must book to attend a late night session at the Observatory.The night I was there we joined approx 30 others.We had to leave our cars at the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I know you can't predict what you will see on the night, however, I do feel that the images on their web-site mislead the visitor as to what they might see. Advertising the event as a "Aurora night" implies that you may see the Aurora or even a sky full of stars/shooting stars, the photos on the home page exaggerate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

During the whole day, the weather had been overcast and rainy, and we were wondering what to expect at the Observatory. However, just as we arrived, the clouds cleared and as the night sky darkened, we were able to use the telescopes to see the rings and moons of distant planets. Dan was extremely knowledgeable, and kept up our interest... More 

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Additional Information about Kielder Observatory

Address: Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: +44 191 265 5510
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northumberland  >  Kielder
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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