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York Observatory

York Observatory

Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR

The York Observatory is located in the ground of the York Museum Gardens and is operated by the York Museums Trust. It is home to a historic 4″ refracting telescope built in 1850 by Thomas Cooke who soon after went on to build the largest telescope in the world at that time. The facility is open to the public most days depending on the availability of their dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers (do contact them prior to any visit) as well as a series of special open evenings. The museum also hosts an amazing collection of astronomical items and is well worthy of a visit!


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Events nearby

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  • Bradford Astronomical Society lecture evening

    Monday 18th October 2021 from 19:30pm to 21:00pm

    Idle & Thackley Conservative Club, Idle, BD10 8QB (27.6 miles away)

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  • Rosse Observatory open evening

    Tuesday 19th October 2021 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

    Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ (21.4 miles away)

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  • Stargazing Experience at Camp Katur Glamping

    Thursday 21st October 2021 from 16:00pm to 23:00pm

    Camp Katur Glamping, Kirklington, DL8 2LS (25.8 miles away)

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  • Brough Observatory informal open evening

    Friday 22nd October 2021 from 19:30pm to 22:00pm

    Brough Observatory, Brough, HU15 1BB (26.5 miles away)

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  • Rosse Observatory open evening

    Friday 22nd October 2021 from 19:30pm to 22:30pm

    Rosse Observatory, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ (21.4 miles away)

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