Kielder Campsite is arguably one of the best campsites for stargazing in the whole of England! Located on the outskirts of Kielder Village and at the heart of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park the views of the starry skies above during a new Moon period are quite simply breathtaking!
The Milky Way is readily viewable arching across the sky and the “warm room” which is kept open overnight offers respite from any cold weather. As such it’s the perfect location for “Starcamps” several of which are held here throughout the year.
The campsite includes amenities such as hot showers and electric hookups and is the ideal base to explore the surrounding areas walks and excellent mountain bike trails. The nearby Anglers Arms offers great pub food and the cafe at Kielder Castle a hearty breakfast.
Stay & gaze - this location benefits from dark skies, relatively low levels of light pollution, is astronomy friendly and suitable for stargazing breaks. If you visit and find that the location is not dark sky friendly please let us know!
Weather forecast for Kielder (0.8 miles away) updated 25/09/21 at 12:00.
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
Best time to visit
The below chart shows when the skies will be at their darkest at this location and therefore the best time to visit. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing. See our dark sky calendar for more details.