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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

  • 23/05/22

    13° 41%
  • 23/05/22

    11° 50%
  • 24/05/22

    11° 8%
  • 24/05/22

    10° 8%

Weather forecast for Swanage Youth Hostel (0.9 miles away) updated 23/05/22 at 20:00.




Events nearby

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  • West Wight Stargazing Club

    Tuesday 1st November 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium, Yarmouth, PO41 0RR (20.4 miles away)

    More info
  • Weymouth Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 11th November 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Aldhelm's Church Centre, Weymouth, DT3 5EW (22.5 miles away)

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  • Stargazing Weekend at Island Planetarium – November 2022

    Friday 18th November 2022 from 19:30pm to Sunday 20th November 2022 22:15pm

    Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium, Yarmouth, PO41 0RR (20.4 miles away)

    More info
  • Weymouth Astronomy Club meeting

    Friday 9th December 2022 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Aldhelm's Church Centre, Weymouth, DT3 5EW (22.5 miles away)

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Stay and gaze nearby

  • DreamAcres – Cranborne Chase

    Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4LP (29.2 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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