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Martin Down National Nature Reserve Car Park

Martin Down National Nature Reserve Car Park

Near East Woodyates, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5

Easy accessed car park a few miles outside of Salisbury and away from the bright lights.  The location is an officially recognised Dark Sky Discovery Site in the Cranbourne Chase Dark Sky Reserve.


Martin Down National Nature Reserve Car Park 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

Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB

Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB organises events at this location

Please contact Chasing Stars Cranborne Chase AONB directly with any enquiries relating to visiting this location


Weather forecast

  • 17/08/22

    20° 11%
  • 17/08/22

    18° 2%
  • 18/08/22

    17° 1%
  • 18/08/22

    16° 4%

Weather forecast for Cranborne Manor Gardens (4.3 miles away) updated 17/08/22 at 16:00.




Events nearby

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – August 2022

    Friday 26th August 2022 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL (21.4 miles away)

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  • Toothill Observatory Public Open Evening – August 2022

    Saturday 27th August 2022 from 20:30pm to 23:30pm

    Toothill Observatory, Southampton, SO16 8AL (21.4 miles away)

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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 (26.6 miles away)

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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 (26.6 miles away)

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  • Wessex Astronomical Society monthly meeting

    Tuesday 6th September 2022 from 00:00am to 21:00pm

    Allendale Centre - Wimborne, Wimborne, BH21 1AS (12.4 miles away)

    More info

Stay and gaze nearby

  • DreamAcres – Cranborne Chase

    Coombe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 4LP (4.7 miles away)

    Stay & Gaze

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