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Mills Observatory

Address: Glamis Rd, Balgay Park, Dundee DD2 2UB, Scotland
Phone Number: 01382 435967
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Ranked #16 of 58 things to do in Dundee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Mon - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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English first
Dundee, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice little observatory, takes a short walk from the city centre. Very informative and nice guide, we were able to see solar flares on summer noon.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I went up here to see if they had an orrery, but they didn't, however the staff were very helpful telling me a lot about the history of orreries, where the nearest one was and showing me lots of interesting photographs; even their Halloween party snaps! Really lovely pair of guys working there, very helpful, knowledgable and (ironically?) down to... More 

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Beijing, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We used to watch the stars there whenever is it not cloudy out there. They have got excellent equipment and all for free. And the walk across Victoria park just cannot be more beautiful.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We discovered the observatory by accident and after a spooky frosty drive up the hill, we were pleasantly surprised by the enthusiasm and welcome we received. Not many things in life are free now, but a chance to look at the moon and stars with high powered telescopes under the guidance of enthusiastic astronomers is one of life's rare treats.... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went there on a winters night, hoping to take a peak through the telescope. Unfortunately it was too cloudy - it seems conditions need to be absolutely perfect otherwise the telescope will be out of action during your visit. We wandered round for ten minutes, looking at the displays, then left. I now live practically next door to the... More 

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Dundee, Scotland
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130 reviews 130 reviews
76 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Me and the other half decided to come to the Mills Observatory for a "romantic date" however, sadly the clouds had been cast and there was nothing to see. Security told us we can have a look around which we decided to do since it wouldn't be a complete waste. There is very little to see; some telescopes with some... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not much to do here. Few things to look at when during the day. Nothing exciting at all. When you go at night during the right time of year then you can look through the telescope but be sure to check online for opening times to save a disappointing trip.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Wish we had an Observatory in Lincoln. This place is a hidden gem and well worth seeking out opening times. Really interesting even if youre not Prof Brian Cox!

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Dundee uk
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We have never visited at night but during the day it is still very interesting for all ages. There is an interesting planet trail leading to it and Balgay Hill itself is well worth a visit.

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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Went to this after much nagging from me. I wanted to visit to relive my childhood. We were very pleasantly surprised. Excellent place for all the family to visit. Friendly and helpful staff and volunteers. We are certainly coming back in the winter!!!!!

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