North Pennines Observatory

The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

Location description

Open from January 2017 the North Pennines Observatory overlooks the picturesque village of Allenheads. The observatory, designed by students from Newcastle University, benefits from the wonderful dark skies above the North Pennines AONB. With a program of events due to start early 2017 this location will soon be a must visit for keen stargazers.

Location event organiser

North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty organises stargazing events at this location.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated dark sky location accessible by members of the public these sites often have free overnight car parking, sometimes have toilet facilities however never allow overnight camping.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Sinderhope (4.29 miles away) updated 22/03/17 at 20:01.

Light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a semi-rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.

When to stargaze at North Pennines Observatory

This location's semi-rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Forthcoming events at this location

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

Sunday 26th March 2017 from 17:00pm to 20:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)

North Pennines Observatory Open Evening

Friday 7th April 2017 from 19:00pm to 22:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


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When to visit

The best time to visit North Pennines Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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