The historic Mills observatory is the first purpose-built observatory in Britain, with its sole aim to educate and encourage the public’s understanding of science.
The impressive sandstone building stands proud atop Balgay Hill within a wood on Dundee city centre’s outskirts. It boasts fantastic views over the River Tay from its dome and balcony areas.
Join the experienced and friendly staff as they give you a guided tour of fascinating objects seen through their range of telescopes.
Admission is free, except for selected events, and there is no need to book a visit; simply drop in! An excellent experience for everyone!
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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.
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Below is a list of events at Mills Observatory. View these events on a calendar.