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Harry Bayley Observatory

Address: Observatory Road | Clapham, Wildey, Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone Number: +1 246-622-2000
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Ranked #27 of 32 Attractions in Bridgetown
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total restoration of the building...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
Owner description: Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total restoration of the building and refurbishment of its astronomical instruments in 2014. The observatory is managed by The Barbados Astronomical Society Inc., A non-profit corporation whose objective is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on students, in the subject of astronomy. The observatory is open on Friday evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm (weather permitting). The public can view a 1/2 hour interactive presentation from 8pm before enjoying superb views of the night sky through our 16" Meade telescope. Minimum donations are USD$10 (BBD$20) for adults, USD$5 (BBD$10) for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.

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Bridgetown, Barbados
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The observatory is now open and refurbished. We had a great night there last night. Facilities have been refurbished and new telescope installed. The evening started with a very interesting and informative presentation. Excellent sound and visual system, fans to cool. Then we went up to the telescope and despite clouds and a crowd of 30 - 40 people everyone... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

During our stay the observatory was opened, and we were looking forward to getting there, but after a 20-minute taxi trip and paying 20 barbados dollars per person, we were able to see only Moon for a couple of seconds, because afterwards the telescope broke down and we ended up staying on the wind for an hour and a half... More 

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expatinbarbados, Manager at Harry Bayley Observatory, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that your recent visit was a total disappointment. As a non-profit, we rely on funds received from visitors like you to pay for the school programs offered by our volunteers throughout the year. It's important to us that each and every visitor leave satisfied. I don't know what time you arrived on June 6th, so it's... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The observatory in Barbados still appears on many websites as being open on Fridays. Sadly, it closed down in January 2011, following a break in. I discovered this by calling the number listed for it on a website, reaching one of the observatory's members. It must be pretty devastating for all those enthusiasts who pit so much time and money... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

after reading about how amazing the only observatory in the carribbean was, we made our way on a friday night into a maze of one way streets to track it down - eventually ending up having to park a while away and walk through darkened streets - but when we got there, the site was closed, fenced off, and looked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

and looks like it has been closed for some time , shame as I was really looking forward to it , took us a while on the friday night to find it and as you can see in photos below, very disappointed

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