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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

  • Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

    More info
  • East Soar Car Park – National Trust

    Soar, Kingsbridge, TQ7 3DR

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Bridge Crossing

    Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Claerwen Dam

    Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Craig Goch Dam

    Elan Valley, Rhayader , Powys, LD6 5HP, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Penrhiw Wen

    Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Pont Ar Elan

    Elan Valley, Rhayader, Powys, LD6, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Teifi Pools

    Elan Valley, Pontrhydfendigaid, Powys, SY25, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elan Valley – Visitor Centre

    Elan Village, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP, Wales

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elf Kirk Viewpoint

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

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Elsdon Village Hall

    Elsdon, Otterburn, NE19 1AA

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

    More info
  • Ettrick Marshes – Tima Water Car Park

    Ettrick, Selkirk, TD7 5HY

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Exford Bridge Tea Rooms

    Chapel Street, Exford, TA24 7PY

    Recommended Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Exford Car Park

    Chapel Street, Exford, TA24 7PP, South West

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Exmoor Dark Sky Discovery Trail

    Wellshead Lane, Exford, TA24

    Recommended Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Farthing Common View Point

    Monks Horton, Folkestone, CT18 8DH

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Filey Brigg Car Park

    Filey, Scarborough, YO14 9ET

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Firle Beacon Car Park

    Firle Bostal, Lewes, BN8 6LR

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Foel Gron Car Park

    Mynytho, Pwllheli, LL53 7RT

    Recommended Stargazing Site

    More info
  • Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

    Spread Eagle Hill, Shaftesbury, SP7 0DT

    Go Stargazing Site

    More info

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