Observatories in the UK

There are a surprising number of observatories across the United Kingdom, perhaps reflecting the long history the country has with astronomy. All of the locations on our map are open to the public. Most places require the purchase of a ticket for an event, some are open by general admission. Other locations, for example, those run by astronomical societies, are often open free of charge or ask for a small donation.

Observatories in the UK location list

  • COSMOS Observatory

    Signal Row, St Martins, TR25 0QN, South West

    Observatory

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  • Cygnus Observatory at Washington Wetland Centre

    Washington Wetland Centre, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8LE

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

    Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LT

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Durlston Astronomy Centre

    Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • EAARO Space Operations Centre

    Space Operations Centre - Building 1013, Alconbury Airfield, PE28 4XA

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Edinburgh Playfair Observatory

    Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

    Observatory

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  • Edinburgh Royal Observatory

    Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

    Observatory

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  • Failand Observatory

    Failand, Near Wraxall, BS8 3US

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Fairwood Observatory – Swansea Airport

    Fairwood Common, Swansea, SA2 7JU

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Flamsteed Observatory

    Near Brailsford, Derby, DE6 3BY

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • George Abell Observatory

    Kents Hill, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

    Observatory

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  • Godlee Observatory

    Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3NL

    Observatory

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  • Guernsey Observatory

    Rue du Lorier, St Pierre du Bois, GY7 9JU

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Hampstead Observatory

    Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, NW3 1DU

    Observatory

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  • Hanwell Community Observatory

    Hanwell, Banbury, OX17 1HN

    Observatory

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  • Hauxley Nature Reserve and Observatory

    Low Hauxley, Newcastle, NE65 0JR

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Herschel Astronomical Society Observatory

    Eton, Windsor, SL4 6EF

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Hesketh Park Observatory

    Hesketh Park, Southport, PR9 9LN

    Observatory

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  • High Legh Community Observatory

    Abbey Leys Farm, High Legh, WA16 6NS

    Observatory

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  • Isle Of Man Observatory

    Higher Foxdale, Foxdale, Ilse of Man, IM4 3HB

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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