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.

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 23/05/19 at 06:00.

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

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Saturday 6th July 2019 from 21:00pm to Sunday 7th July 2019 01:00am
Astrophotography, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Saturday 24th August 2019 from 22:00pm to Sunday 25th August 2019 02:00am
Astrophotography, Observing (if clear)

Stargazing and Astrophotography in Elan Valley

Friday 30th August 2019 from 22:00pm to Saturday 31st August 2019 02:00am
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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