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Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory

Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

Located at Durlston Country Park is an observatory hosting a large aperture 14″ Meade telescope and facilities for talks and presentations with stargazing events run by Wessex Astronomical Society. Note that out of hours access to this location is only available when stargazing events are on.


Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory is a Dark Sky Discovery Site, an officially recognised place where anyone can stargaze. Most such locations have overnight parking (sometimes with a fee); however, many do not allow overnight camping. There may or may not be toilet facilities.

Location events organiser

Wessex Astronomical Society

Wessex Astronomical Society organises events at this location

Please contact Wessex Astronomical Society directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

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Forthcoming events

Below is a list of events at Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory. View these events on a calendar.

  • Perseids Meteors at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Friday 12th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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  • Perseids Meteors at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Saturday 13th August 2022 from 21:00pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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  • Stargazing at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Sunday 4th September 2022 from 20:15pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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  • Stargazing at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Sunday 4th September 2022 from 20:15pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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  • Stargazing at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Saturday 17th September 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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  • Stargazing at Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Saturday 1st October 2022 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

    Durlston Astronomy Centre and Observatory, Swanage, BH19 2JL

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