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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
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+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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Truly Amazing Evening

To all the Team on 15th April. Thank you for your enthusiasm, knowledge , passion and just wanting to make sure we had a good evening. You did better than that, it was a truly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathy S
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To all the Team on 15th April. Thank you for your enthusiasm, knowledge , passion and just wanting to make sure we had a good evening. You did better than that, it was a truly amazing evening. I know we were really lucky as it was a perfect sky to see Jupiter, but we previously visited during a storm and... More 

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Thank Kathy S
Consett, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an excellent team, all providing detailed information about our sky at night. The team were very diligent in ensuring we all got to view a number of objects using the on site telescopes, in particular we viewed the moon, Saturn and Jupiter. Despite here being intermittent cloud cover we had an excellent night and undertook a number of observations.

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Thank Ian P
Oxford, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The team of two presnters were well prepared, very enthusiastic, and not daunted by the fact they had three of us to entertain whilst we all desperately waited (in vain) for the cloud cover to clear. Their talks were interesting and informative, and they made good cups of hot chocolate! There are a lot of midgies there so go prepared!

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Thank Temple1960
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for a full moon party, and although unfortunately the clouds rolled in and reduced visibility to a few glimmers, we enjoyed the opportunity to learn in great detail about the observatory and its telescopes, as well as to hear expert talks on the moon itself, and the Apollo lunar missions. The observatory team are terrific, and their deep... More 

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Thank 345terryf
Runcorn, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked for a Jupiter watching event but sadly the sky was clouded over all evening - but the moon was bright enough for some good views. Despite the cloud the three hour event was superb. A lovely mix of slick and professional, combined with amateur enthusiasm made it brilliant. And we held moon rock and meteorites, we saw the... More 

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Thank Martin W
Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited twice (in case of cloud). Unfortunately still no sky viewings possible 1st night and only glimpses 2nd night, owing to thick cloud. HOWEVER..... we learned so much and the evenings were so much FUN that our disappointment was minimal. Really entertaining, relaxed and the staff are fantastic. We will be back!

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1 Thank Bean595
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to visit. I went with my son for the Orion night. The dark sky provided a fantastic 'canvas' and a background for millions of stars although there were some passing clouds through the night. The big telescopes give you a great opportunity to see things that you wouldn't easily pick up with a smaller 'domestic' telescope. We... More 

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3 Thank PippinTwo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended the dark skies event (1130 to 0230) and we had a few hours of a clear sky, until the clouds emerged! It's definitely worth a trip,if you are interested in the planets, stars and the solar system. The Kielder team are so enthusiastic and this is infectious. We both learnt so much on our evening at the observatory.... More 

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Thank KatherineH655
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though it was a cold damp night the staff were so enthusiastic it didn't really matter that it was too wet to look through the larger telescope we managed to go out on deck and look through the smaller telescope definitely worth a return visit

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1 Thank Mikkyd
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for the feedback and glad that you had a good time despite limited observing conditions. We look forward to welcoming you back in hopefully better conditions. More 

Mijas
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226 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I visited on a specific "aurora" education night. Whilst the sighting of an aurora can never be predicted, an evening of education about it, how it happens, what causes it, best places to see it, etc. should be delivered as advertised. As it was the night was not one for viewing an aurora (could not be helped)... More 

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1 Thank Iain C
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback Iain which we will take on board. Our team do try and maximise the observing conditions which most people prefer but we recognise that we may have to provide explanation and give people more options depending on the conditions and we will discuss this with the team. There will also be more options available when... More 

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