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Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Kielder, England
+44 191 265 5510
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Astronomy at its best

What an amazing experience. ...The welcome,knowledge,atmosphere,view,equipment all worked together... read more

Reviewed yesterday
thecraftshouse
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Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Not to be missed

We had a great time - ok it wasn't the clearest night but it was amazing seeing Jupiter and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
edwmagee
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London
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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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Black Fell, Kielder, England
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Reviewed yesterday

What an amazing experience. ...The welcome,knowledge,atmosphere,view,equipment all worked together to give a wonderful evening. My husband LOVES astronomy and this was his birthday....He LOVED it....I am a total novice and came away excited about stars and planets. We got to view Jupiter and 2 of...More

Thank thecraftshouse
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a great time - ok it wasn't the clearest night but it was amazing seeing Jupiter and the communication satellite when it flashed in the sky. The staff are knowledgeable and very entertaining and made the hours go by. It June it doesn't...More

Thank edwmagee
Reviewed 4 days ago

We came up from Leeds to this wondrously dark part of England for a talk on the Aurora and to have a gander at some of those space things as well. Let me tell you, I've never been so amazed at what I was shown....More

Thank ryanalexward
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Went up on Friday night for the Aurora night. Unfortunately there was heavy cloud so no aurora could be seen. However the team were fantastic. The three hours flew by with informative talks and a great cuppa. What impressed me most was the enthusiasm of...More

Thank duckydarren
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Delighted that you had a good night and we are fortunate in having such an enthusiastic and committed team of staff and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you back perhaps in the Autumn / Winter months which is obviously a very different experience. Best...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We attended the midnight event on 17th June 2017 and had a great night. Cloud threatened to start off with but soon cleared. The staff were knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, helpful and inspiring. We saw Jupiter, Saturn, M13 Globular Cluster, Binary Star Systems the moonrise and...More

Thank Neil T
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Many thanks for your review Neil and so glad that you had such a good night and the clouds cleared ! I hope that the 'midge damage' heals soon and that we can welcome you back in the Autumn / Winter months which is a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great evening on the 16th June despite awful weather. The guys were brilliant - thoroughly entertaining throughout and very informative. Cannot wait to come back in July - hopefully the clouds will stay away but even if they don't, I know I am in for...More

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on 30th May for the 'Universe full of Stars' evening. In fact our whole weeks holiday in Northumberland was based on visiting the 'Dark Skies', and it was the anticipation of going to kielder that made us choose a holiday cottage in Northumberland....More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This review is for the kielder observatory and it's staff, and not the weather we experienced during our trip - mother nature can be a cruel mistress, and she taunted us with clear skies for our two hour drive to get the keilder (from our...More

Thank Aaron D
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much Aaron for taking the time to submit such a detailed review which is very helpful and we will certainly take your comments and suggestions on board. We are always very disappointed when the weather prevents observing and we constantly strive to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been wanting to go to kielder observatory for a long long time. After numerous review reading we finally decided on the 'aurora night' event. We booked in advance, so had been waiting for this event for quite sometime. I am really sad to...More

1  Thank Matt T
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks you very much for your feedback which we have considered carefully and put a number of things in place to try and compensate in part for poor weather conditions. We are very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the night and if you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutley loved it. The staff were very passionate and giving us lots of information about what we were looking for. They all had different specialities which was great. We were lucky with the weather and got to see Jupiter/Saturn/Star Clusters etc. They were even able...More

1  Thank Chloe D
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your review Chloe and delighted that you had a good night and its always special when the ISS makes a guest appearance ! Hope to see you back again in the future and can I encourage you to check the website for...More

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Ctaylor002
We would love to go here but it is sold out when we are visiting the area. Has anyone got any suggestions as to what we can do instead ie is there areas near by to park up and star gaze? Any suggestions helpful :)
April 22, 2017|
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Response from weekenderinthesun | Reviewed this property |
There's a very good small observatory at Battlesteads hotel nearby, or check out the dark skies website for national park events
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heathersimpson1953
Do you buy tickets on line and is there any where near for overnight stay please one adult and one concession mud week preferably Thursday thank you
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Aileen N | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I bought our tickets on line, very straightforward process - we also stayed at a B&B in Kielder Village which was a very short drive from the observatory.
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513gemma
Looking at booking a trip to star gaze but the day we are there the only times shown on the calendar is 17.00. With it being in the summer it will still be light. Has anyone been to a summer time one and how does it work
January 4, 2017|
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Response from Lorraine H | Reviewed this property |
No sorry but on one visit we had the sky was not clear although dark and the staff keep you entertained with presentations and they are happy to show you around all equipment.
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