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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
Phone Number: +44 191 265 5510
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 3:00 am
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of...

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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The Space Kids was 'awesome', says my six-year-old! The approach to the observatory is a two - mile track off the main road around Kielder and, if you've never been, it's an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Carolyne C
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Space Kids was 'awesome', says my six-year-old! The approach to the observatory is a two - mile track off the main road around Kielder and, if you've never been, it's an amazing sight when the stunning wooden structure comes into view. Set high above the water, the far - reaching vistas. We'd booked the workshop especially as part of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stepping out into the carpark on a cloudless night and gazing at that star-filled sky was possibly 80% of the experience: nature needed little help from anyone. The observatory is nice: it's NOT the large, solid experience one may imagine replete with telescopes with large eyepieces and in-depth explanation of what you're witnessing: does feel a touch home spun and... More 

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Thank Dames B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited an Aurora night and the entire evening was full of fun facts, useful information, practical demonstrations of space related items and a look at the telescopes. We finished with a mini lecture on Jupiter and even came away with a Kielder Observatory plastic mug for free - the hot chocolate in it was £3.50 but a small price... More 

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Thank Kate T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I came with my adult daughter to the Aurora Night on Wednesday 24th August. Although we never saw the Aurora the cloud cleared and we had use of the telescopes to see our sky and stars so clearly. It was a fabulous experience and Gary and his team explained everything in such a way that I a... More 

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Thank Carol K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited last night, having booked tickets in June. It was obvious early on that we wouldn't be star gazing-thick cloud and threatening to rain. But, it was a fascinating experience. The staff are infectiously passionate about their work and shared their knowledge in an accessible way. They answered questions. It was such a shame we didn't get to use... More 

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked a 4pm family visit well in advance, and took out three children aged 13. 11 and 6. The Observatory is primarily a teaching centre, and the afternoon was geared to younger children, probably up to primary age. DO NOT try to walk to the Observatory from the first car park where they lift the barrier at session times,... More 

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Thank 50cab50
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Booked for Aurora night . Really informative and staff are so knowledgeable . Felt very relaxed and friendly. Midges were about but spray was available! Spent some time in the classroom while the groups split up and took turns to see the telescopes. Unfortunately weather was not on our side so doors could not be opened and viewing didn't happen... More 

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Thank 1969happycamper1972
Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very excited as all 4 of us were looking forward to seeing something in the sky. Unfortunately the weather was not with us and we didn't see anything. Yet the crew were brilliant. An enthusiastic team of dedicated, knowledgeable people took us through the wonders of the solar system and how to see it. Thank you crew and... More 

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Thank Roselyn2014
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow... We had a treat , apart from a full moon. The clear skies were idyllic. Never had such an experience. I was so excited by what we saw I couldn't sleep when I got home. The staff were so knowledgeable. And respectful . Every opportunity given to everyone. Loved the fact they had midge spray to help offset the... More 

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Thank Denise W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our teens to two events on the same day, Space kids and Aurora Night. We all loved both. The first gave us a great introduction to our solar system and what the Observatory does and how the telescopes work and we were able to look through two different telescopes. The children finished off the session learning about rocket... More 

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