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

  • James Irwin Observatory

    Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury, CT2 8JY

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Jeremiah Horrocks Observatory – Moor Park

    Blackpool Road, Preston, PR2 3AE, North West

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Jim Savage-Lowden Observatory

    Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, IV2 5EU

    Observatory

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  • Jodrell Bank Observatory

    University of Manchester, Macclesfield, SK11 9DL

    Observatory

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  • Keele Observatory

    Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, ST5 5BG

    Observatory

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  • Kielder Observatory

    Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, Northumberland, NE48

    Observatory

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  • Leighton Observatory

    Pex Hill Visitors Centre, Widnes, WA8 5QW

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Letchworth Observatory

    Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 4JN

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Lime Tree Observatory

    Lime Tree Farm, Grewelthorpe, HG4 3DA

    Observatory

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  • Lincoln Observatory

    Westcliffe Street, Lincoln, LN1 3TZ

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Loxham Observatory

    Duncan Road, Cranfield, MK43 0TH, East of England

    Observatory

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  • Luton Dall Observatory at Putteridge Bury

    Putteridge Bury, Luton, LU2 8LE

    Observatory

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  • Mills Observatory

    Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

    Observatory, Planetarium

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  • Monkton Combe Community Observatory

    Monkton Senior School, Monkton Combe, BA2 7JE

    Observatory

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  • Munday-Sayer Observatory

    Wakes Colne, Colchester, C06 2DS

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • The Isle of Wight Observatory

    Watery Lane, Newchurch, PO36 0LX

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Nonsuch High School Observatory

    Ewell Road, Cheam, SM3 8AB

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Norman Fisher Observatory at Kenley

    Near Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, CR8 5EP

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Norman Lockyer Observatory

    Salcombe Hill Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NY

    Observatory

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  • North Pennines Observatory

    The Old School House, Allenheads, NE47 9HR

    Observatory

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