Rochester Roundhouse

Rochester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE19 1RH

Location description

The Rochester Round House is a fantastic stargazing location 45 minutes North-West from Newcastle. It’s location at the very heart of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park means it benefits from amazing dark skies and its proximity to the A68 main road makes it easily accessible. In Summer 2016 a new Stargazing Pavilion was constructed enabling stargazers some respite from the Northumberland weather. Excellent horizons all round especially to the North make this site a great place to spot the Aurora from.

Go stargazing site

A place identified by the Go Stargazing team as a good spot to stargaze from. This is based on local light pollution levels, distance from nearby towns and cities and having somewhere safe to park. These locations tend to be remote car parks with no facilities.

Tonight's weather forecast

Weather forecast for Rochester (northumberland) (0.29 miles away) updated 09/04/21 at 04:00.

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 Rochester Roundhouse

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.


When to visit

The best time to visit Rochester Roundhouse can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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