Dark sky sites in the UK

There are a number of officially recognised and publicly accessible dark sky sites in the UK. Considering widespread light pollution this may come as a surprise! Many of these sites are called Dark Sky Discovery Sites. These are places identified by the International Dark Sky Association as great locations to go stargazing.

The map shows the locations of many of these dark sky sites. It also includes locations suggested by various local authorities such as National Parks and AONB’s. We hope this helps you find your closest dark sky site and go stargazing!

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List of dark sky sites in the UK

The following is a list of dark sky locations including dark sky discovery sites in the UK.


Allen Banks and Staward Gorge - National Trust

Near Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, NE47 7BP

Allendale Golf Club

Near Sinderhope, Allendale, NE47

Alwinton Car Park

Alwinton, Near Harbottle, NE65 7BQ

Aunt Phoebe's Recreation Ground

Long Compton, Chipping Norton, CV36 5JS

Balderhead Reservoir

Hunderthwaite, Near Cotherstone, DL12

Ballannette Country Park - Isle of Man

Ballamenagh Road, Baldrine, IM4 6AJ

Ballaugh Beach Car Park - Isle of Man

Ballaugh Beach, The Cronk, IM7

Battlesteads Observatory

The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, NE48 3LS

Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

Beacon Fell, Preston, PR3 2NL

Birling Gap

Birling Gap, Eastbourne, BN20 0AB

Breckland Astronomical Observatory

Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Brecon - Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle, Trapp, SA19 6UA

Brecon - Crai Reservoir

Crai Reservoir, Cnewr, LD3

Brecon - Crai Village

Crai Village, Libanus, LD3 8YP

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre

Libanus, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Brecon - Llanthony Priory

Llanthony Priory, Llanthony, NP7 7NN

Brecon - Plas Dolygaer

Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR

Brecon - Red Lion Pub

Church Road, Penderyn, CF44 9JR

Brecon - Usk Reservoir

Near Trecastle, Brecon, LD3

Brendon Two Gates

Brendon Two Gates, Simonsbath, TA24

Broadhaven South Car Park

Broadhaven, Bosherston,

Buckden National Park

Dalegarth, Buckden, BD23 5JU

Burnhope Reservoir

Wearhead, St Johns Chapel, DL13

Butser Hill

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Near Clanfield, PO8

Bwlch Mountain Lay-by

Bwlch Mountain, Near Treorchy, CF42

Camas na Sgianadin

Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49

Carding Mill Valley

Carding Mill, Church Stretton, SY6

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Carnewas, Trenance, TR8

Carrick-a-Rede - National Trust

Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6LS

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, DH8 9PE

Castlehill Heritage Centre

Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

Cawfields Quarry

Cawfields, Near Haltwhistle, NE49 9PJ

Clan Donald

Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, IV45 8RS

Clerk Laithe Lodge

Slaidburn Road, Newton in Bowland, BB7

Clesketts

RSPB Geltsdale, Forest Head, CA8

County Gate Car Park

County Gate, Oare, TA24

Cow Green Reservoir

Upper Teesdale, Langdon Beck, DL12

Craig Y Nos Castle

Craig Y Nos Castle, Craig Y Nos, SA9 1GL

Crook O Lune Picnic Site

Low Road, Halton Green, LA2

Cross Dyke Car Park

Burway Road, Church Stretton, SY6

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes, DL8 3NT

Devil's Dyke

Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YJ

Ditchling Beacon

Ditchling, Brighton, BN6

Dolgoch Hostel

Abergwesyn, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR

Dunkery & Horner Wood

Exmoor National Park, North of Exford, TA24

Dunkery Beacon

Exmoor National Park, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

Durlston Astronomy Centre

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Elan Valley - Bridge Crossing

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Claerwen Dam

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Craig Goch Dam

Elan Valley, Rhayader , LD6 5HP

Elan Valley - Penrhiw Wen

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Pont Ar Elan

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Teifi Pools

Elan Valley, Pontrhydfendigaid, SY25

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre

Elan Village, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Elf Kirk Viewpoint

Near Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, Kielder Water, NE48 1BX

Elsdon Village Hall

Elsdon, Otterburn, NE19 1AA

Fort Island - Isle of Man

Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven, IM8 1AA

Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium

Island Planetarium, Yarmouth, PO41 0RR

Frogwell Lodge Car Park

Exmoor National Park, West of Upton, TA4

Garn Eiddel Car Park

Garn Eiddel, Near Maerdy, CF43

Garn Fawr Car Park

Garn Fawr, Trefasser, SA64 OJJ

Garrison Playing Field

Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly, TR21

Gerazim Chapel

Cwmcerdenin, Near Garnswilt, SA18

Gisburn Forest Hub

Gisburn Forest, Near Tosside, BB7

Glen Canisp

Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4LW

Glen Wyllin Beach Car Park - Isle of Man

Glen Wyllin, Kirk Michael, IM6 1AW

Glenlivet Blairfindy

Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, AB37 9DJ

Glyncorrwg Ponds

Afan Forest Park, Glyncorrwg, SA13

Grove Park Community Group - Ringway Centre

268 Baring Road, London, SE12 0DS

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, DL13 3NL

Hawkhope Car Park

Hawkhope, Near Falstone, NE48

Hay Bluff

Hay Bluff Lay-by, South of Hay-on-Wye, HR3

Hendre Mynydd Car Park

Rhigios Mountain, Near Blaenrhondda, CF42

Holdstone Down Car Park

Holdstone Down, Near Combe Martin, EX34

Ingram Village Hall

Ingram, Near Powburn, NE66 4LT

Iping Common

Iping, Near Trotton, GU31

Isle of Coll - Arinagour

Arinagour, Isle of Coll, PA78

Isle of Coll - Cliad Football Pitch

Arnabost, Isle of Coll, PA78

Isle of Coll - RSPB Totronald

RSPB Totronald, Coll, PA78 6TB

Kete Car Park

St Annes Head, Near Dale, SA62 3RR

Kielder Campsite

Kielder Village, Kielder, NE48 1ER

Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Kinloch Forest

Kinloch, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QY

Kirknewton Village Hall

Kirknewton, Near Wooler, NE71 6XA

Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve

Knapp Copse, Near Honiton, EX13

Knockbreck

Tain, Gillen, IV55 8GP

Kylerhea

Kylerhea Otter Haven Car Park, Kylerhea, IV42 8NH

Landacre Bridge

Landacre Lane, North of Sandyway,

Leigh Woods - National Trust

Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol, BS8 3QB

Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt, Lochinver, IV27

Llanerchaeron

Llanerchaeron, Ciliau Aeron, SA48 8DG

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

YHA Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX

Lundy Island

Isle Of Lundy, Lundy, LUNDY

Malham Car Park

Malham, Skipton, BD23 4DA

Martins Haven Car Park

Martins Haven Car Park, Near Marloes, SA62 3BJ

Moffat Dark Sky Town

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, DG10

New Decoy Great Fen

New Decoy Great Fen, Near Holme, PE26

Newgale Beach Car Park

Newgale Beach, Newgale, SA62 6BD

North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve

Old Winchester Hill, Near Corhampton, SO32 3LJ

Once Brewed Visitor Centre

Once Brewed, Near Haltwhistle, NE47 7AN

Oxford Island Nature Reserve

Derrymacash, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ

Parc Penallta

Penallta, Ystrad Mynach, CF8

Parkhead Station

Stanhope Moor, Stanhope, DL13 2ES

Penbryn Beach Car Park

Penbryn Beach, Penbryn, SA44 6QL

Pole Cottage

The Port Way, Church Stretton, SY6

Poppit Sands Car Park

Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, SA43 3LN

Port Lewaigue Car Park - Isle of Man

Lewaigue, Port e Vullen, IM7 1AW

Pow Hill

Pow Hill Country Park, Edmundbuyers, DH8

Ramsey Heights Countryside Classroom

Ramsey Heights, Ramsey, PE26

Redesdale Arms

Horsley, Rochester, NE19 1TA

Rollright Stones Ancient Monument

Little Rollright, Chipping Norton, OX7

Scar House Reservoir - Nidderdale

Scar House Reservoir, Upper Nidderdale,

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Selset Reservoir

Grassholme, Near Mickleton, DL12

Shooting Box Car Park

Ratlinghope Road, Church Stretton, SY6

Shrinkle Haven Car Park

Shrinkle Haven, Near Manorbier, SA70 7SD

Skrinkle Haven Car Park

Manorbier, Tenby, SA70 7TT

Slaidburn Visitor Car Park

Slaidburn, Clitheroe, BB7 3ES

Smeale Beach - Isle of Man

North of Smeale, Smeale, IM7 3EB

St Agnes Head

Goonvrea, St Agnes, TR5

Stein Jetty

Stein, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GA

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion

Stonehaugh, Kielder Water Forest Park, NE48 3DZ

Suffolk Coast Nature Reserve

Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9NB

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Abergavenny, NP7

Surprise View - Peak District

Hathersage Booths, Hathersage, S32

Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Sychpant Park Picnic Site

Cwm Gwaun, Fishguard, SA65 9UA

Synchpant Picnic Site

Synchpant Picnic Site, Cwm Gwaun, SA65 9UA

Tan Hill Inn

Reeth, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Tarset Village Hall

Tarset Village Hall, Lanehead, NE48 1NT

The Bivouac - Nidderdale

High Knowle Farm, Upper Nidderdale, HG4 4JZ

The Coldstones Cut - Nidderdale

Toft Gate, Nidderdale, HG3 5BJ

The Moors National Park Centre

Danby, Near Whitby, YO21 2NB

The Putechan Hotel

Bellochantuy, Argyll, PA28 6QE

The Sound Restaurant Car Park - Isle of Man

Sound Road, Port Erin, IM9 5PZ

The Stell at Falstone

The Stell, Falstone, NE48 1AA

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Tower Knowe, Kielder, NE48 1BX

Trinity Hill Nature Reserve

Hoyton, Lyme Regis, DT7

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve

Crews Hole Road, Bristol, BS5 8HX

Trumpan Car Park

Trumpan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GW

Tyn Cornel Hostel

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH

Walk and Wild

Melvaig, Wester Ross,

Walltown Country Park

Walltown Quarry, Greenhead, CA8 7HF

Webbers Post

Exmoor National Park, South of Horner, TA24

Westleton Common

Off Mill Street, Westleton, IP17 3BD

Wimbleball Lake

Dluverton, Near Tiverton, TA22

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ


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