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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Kielder, England
07805638469
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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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Melrose, Scottish Borders
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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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Manchester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Newcastle
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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

I have to say I was lucky enough to visit the Observatory on a fairly clear night and was blown away by being able to see Andromeda with the naked eye and the Orion nebula with a free pair of binoculars complements of my national trust membership. However, this is but a small fraction of what I saw on a... More

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I had booked sessions on two successive nights viewing as I'd travelled about 250 miles and wanted to have the best chance possible of a clear sky. The first night was overcast, but Gary kept us entertained for the full 3 hours; the time just flew by. The second night we were really lucky, the skies were clear all afternoon... More

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Great Bardfield, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Although the weather was cloudy and wet later on, they still managed to put on an interesting evening. We went into both telescope "rooms" and had a talk about each of them and what they could do. Also showed photos of the Andromeda galaxy and other stars and nebulae.

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