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“Fascinating evening” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory
Black Fell, Kielder, England
+44 191 265 5510
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Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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.
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We spent a great evening at the Aurora Night in April. Gary Fildes is an inspirational guide and speaker for people who are totally novices, like us, and for more experienced observers of the skies. We were lucky with clear skies for the first part of the evening and then it clouded over, but there was still plenty of interest for the remainder of the evening, including talks and demonstrations of the telescopes. It was a large group to manage, given that Gary had less help than he apparently would have normally on such a night, but it certainly didn't spoil our fun. And we went away with guidelines to help us look for the Aurora ourselves.

Thoroughly recommended - it was a really good last night to our holiday.

Visited April 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We were part of a birthday celebration party, setting off on a snowy stormy night on an adventurous minibus sat nav drive onto Kielder. Weaving our way up the snowy trail into the depths of the forest. The Observatory is well sign posted tucked away rising out of the forest. At first impressions it looks like a cosy wooded cabin!
The DARK clear sky couldnt have been more magnificient. packed full of stars a wonder to behold.
The cabin itself was warm and staff who held the evening session were welcoming, overflowing with enthosiazm and passionate for their work.
The tour itself was well structured and the layout of the centre well done.
The evening introduction and a personal touch of the astronomer taking the lead orgastrating the evening with a well informed tour of the cosmos. The veiwing deck was the first port of call and with graphic discription gave the novice an overall understanding of the skies above you.
There was unlimited access to the telescopes which were set to veiw the most interestng element in the night sky at the moment Jupiter and her moons.The team costantly discribing the sky above clearly and presisely drawing attention to some special sites and future events.
The weather was for a few hours crisp and clear. Although a snow blissard hit before the end of our evening sesssion the team gave a most enlighting presentation of our world, universe and behond.
A brilliant night and well worth a return visit. i would recommend this experience. Its fantastic!

Visited March 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“5 Stars are very appropriate!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

What an little piece of heaven this place is. We are hooked, and lucky enough to live within reasonable driving distance of the observatory, so we have been several times. Every time is amazing, Gary Fildes and his team of volunteers are welcoming and very informative without overwhelming an everyday body like me, although you are in no doubt that they are very knowledgeable and know their stuff. It's becoming harder to get booked which speaks volumes, long may it continue.

Visited November 2012
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Boroughbridge, United Kingdom
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“Out of This World”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My Fiancée and I visited on Wed 13th March 2013. We couldnt have picked a more perfect night to attend. The weather was amazing, no clouds and the amount of stars we could see was fantastic.

Gary and his team were great. Gary took the time to ferry us from the bottom of the track due to the frost/ice making it too dangerous for our own car to make it to the top of the track.

The amount of information that was passed to us was pitched at the perfect level and was enthusiastic and passionate.

Being able to see a solar eclipse on the surface of Jupiter was mind blowing as was seeing galaxies millions of light years away.

Thank you for making our visit one to remember for years to come.

We also won the competition for "most warmly dressed" lol.

We will return again to this wonderful location.

Visited March 2013
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“Unexpected evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We were booked in at the observatory on Wednesday evening on the public viewing night. The day had been overcast and misty and the evening just added 'dark' to the mix so we knew we weren't going to see any stars. Astronomer and the driving force behind the observatory is Gary Fildes who gave us the most incredible and enthusiastic talk on the universe, we were shown around the telescopes too. The evening went so fast and was so enjoyable that we wasn't too disappointed that we didn't get to star gaze. I just see this as an introduction and hopefully, next time we go we will get to see the night sky ourselves.

Visited March 2013
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