Elan Valley – Visitor Centre

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

Location description

Set in a fantastic location against a spectacular backdrop of a Victorian stone dam the visitor centre acts as a gateway to the Elan Valley park and a great place from which to stargaze.

Location event organiser

Elan Valley Trust organises stargazing events at this location.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.

Private venue

Location accessible out of hours only when stargazing events are scheduled.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Rhayader (3.44 miles away) updated 18/09/19 at 12:00.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a 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 Elan Valley - Visitor Centre

This location's 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

Story of the Stars with Elan Valley Trust

Sunday 29th September 2019 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

Binocular Stargazing for Beginners

Tuesday 1st October 2019 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

Moon Day at Elan Valley

Friday 1st November 2019 from 10:00am to 16:00pm

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Friday 1st November 2019 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm
Astrophotography, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Wednesday 27th November 2019 from 18:30pm to 22:30pm
Astrophotography, Observing (if clear)


When to visit

The best time to visit Elan Valley - Visitor Centre can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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