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Dark sky sites in the UK

There are many officially recognised and publicly accessible dark sky sites in the UK. Considering widespread light pollution, this may come as a surprise! Most of these sites are Dark Sky Discovery Sites, places officially recognised as excellent locations for stargazing. Various local authorities have suggested others, and we've added some of our favourite spots too.  We hope this map helps you find your closest dark sky site, and we wish you clear skies when you get there!

Dark sky sites in the UK location list

  • Abriachan Forest Trust

    Abriachan, Inverness, IV3 8LB

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Alemoor Reservoir

    Roberton, Hawick, TD9

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Alexandra Park – Bath

    Shakespeare Avenue, Bath, BA2 4RQ

    Recommended Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Allen Banks and Staward Gorge – National Trust

    Near Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, NE47 7BP

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Allendale Golf Club

    Near Sinderhope, Allendale, NE47

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Alnmouth Beach

    Alnmouth, Warkworth, NE66

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Altarichard Forest Car Park

    Altarichard Road, Magherahoney, County Antrim

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Alwen Reservoir Car Park

    Cerrigydrudion, Corwen, LL21 9TT

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Alwinton Car Park

    Alwinton, Near Harbottle, NE65 7BQ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Aunt Phoebe’s Recreation Ground

    Long Compton, Chipping Norton, CV36 5JS

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • B6386 Oxton to Southwell Lay-by

    Oxton Hill, Southwell, NG25 0RN

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Backwater Reservoir

    Blairgowrie, Dykends, PH11 8PR

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Badbury Rings Car Park – National Trust

    Kingston Lacy, Wimbourne, BH21 4DZ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Balderhead Reservoir

    Hunderthwaite, Near Cotherstone, DL12

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Ballannette Country Park – Isle of Man

    Ballamenagh Road, Baldrine, IM4 6AJ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Ballaugh Beach Car Park – Isle of Man

    Ballaugh Beach, The Cronk, Isle of Man, IM7

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Barrow Common – Brancaster

    Common Lane, Brancaster, PE31 8DB

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Battlesteads Observatory

    The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

    More info
  • Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

    Beacon Fell, Preston, PR3 2NL

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Beaghmore Stone Circles

    Blackrock Road, Cookstown, BT80 9PB

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info

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