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Address: Observatory Road | Clapham, Wildey, Bridgetown, Barbados
Phone Number: +1 246-622-2000
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Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total...

Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total restoration of the building and refurbishment of its astronomical instruments in 2014.

The observatory is managed by The Barbados Astronomical Society Inc., A non-profit corporation whose objective is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on students, in the subject of astronomy.

The observatory is open on Friday evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm (weather permitting). The public can view a 1/2 hour interactive presentation from 8pm before enjoying superb views of the night sky through our 16" Meade telescope.

Minimum donations are USD$10 (BBD$20) for adults, USD$5 (BBD$10) for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.

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This is a small observatory, open to the public on Friday nights only. If you have a group you can call or email ahead of time and for a donation they may open for you. This... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small observatory, open to the public on Friday nights only. If you have a group you can call or email ahead of time and for a donation they may open for you. This would be preferable since most likely you would get more viewing time. There were almost 30 people in the beginning of the evening but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the observatory while on vacation in Barbados. This was my first trip to an observatory and i was very excited to look through a telescope for the first time. The evening began with a presentation and discussion of the solar system, including individual planets, and the Milky Way and neighbouring Andromeda. We then climbed to the telescope and although... More 

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Thank Karen N
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very relaxed and enjoyable night out - a nice slightly educational alternative to Oistins! Basically turn left at Carter's and look for the highest point with a red light on top. The Prof, Ade and support were both very friendly and knowledgeable. The laser light to point to the various stars was a neat touch. Good to see a range... More 

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Thank Robert G
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went as an alternative to Oistins fish night and it was a very good few hours. Slightly off the beaten track but found it. Our guide was Ade and he obviously lived what he was talking about and wanted to share it. Took nearly 2 hours, educational video to start with and some background then a trip to the telescope... More 

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Thank Jenny G
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We would highly recommend a visit to the Harry Bayley Observatory near Bridgetown. It is not every day that you get a chance to look at Neptune, the furthest giant planet, the Orion nebula, a giant stellar nursery, or the Andromeda galaxy, a sister of the Milky Way about 2.5 million light-years away, all this while enjoying a warm evening.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Whether your an Astro physicist or just want to know what's out there, this is well worth a visit! I went on my own to the Friday night session and was warmly welcomed. The astronomers who manage the observatory are clearly very knowledgable and passionate. We started with a short presentation to get things in context (our place in the... More 

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Thank Charlotte A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Officially the observatory is only open on Friday evening and it can get very crowded. Actually, if you ask nicely, you can get around this. We had a private tour for our little group of 6 - had a great presentation, saw the rings of Saturn, learnt a lot. And in the end, the asked for the same donation as... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We travelled out from Holetown to visit the Observatory, which is only open on a Friday evening. We waited ages for a 'speaker' to turn up and give us a talk on what we hoped to see. I believe it is run solely by members and volunteers, so we kind of overlooked the delay, although it would have been helpful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015 via mobile

One of the main reasons for me visiting Barbados was the opportunity to view the stars on an island with little light pollution. The observatory itself looks newly refurbished and modern. The team running the observatory are very informative, helpful and energetic. It was such a great, great experience being able to view the moon and its craters, Jupiter and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

The evening started with an astronomy lesson using the really impressive software the observatory use to map the sky. It was incredible and astounding at how accurately the movement of the planet and the solar system can be monitored - emphasised how wondrous the universe is and how amazing humans are to be able to look out so far into... More 

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