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

  • OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

    Davagh Forest, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Orwell Park Observatory

    Orwell Park School, Nacton, IP10 0ER

    Observatory

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  • Peter Bolas Observatory

    Rosliston, Swadlincote, DE12 8JX

    Observatory

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  • Piazzi Smyth Observatory

    Bedford School, Bedford, MK40 2TU

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Observatory

    The Green Road, Ashbourne, DE6 1EP, East Midlands

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Reepham Observatory

    Reepham High School & College, Reepham, NR10 4JT

    Observatory

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  • Roseland Observatory

    Court Farm, Coombe, PL26 7LE

    Observatory

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  • Rosse Observatory

    Carleton Road, Pontefract, WF8 3RJ

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Royal Observatory Greenwich

    Blackheath Avenue, London, SE10 8XJ

    Observatory, Planetarium

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  • Salford Observatory

    Chaseley Road, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

    Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, East Ayrshire, KA6 7PZ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Seething Observatory

    Toad Lane, Thwaite, NR35 2EQ

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Sherwood Observatory

    Near Coxmoor Golf Club, Mansfield, NG17 5LF

    Observatory

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  • Sir Patrick Moore Astronomy Centre

    Les Creux Country Park, St. Brelade, JE3 8LN

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • St Andrews Observatory

    University of St Andrews, St Andrews, KY16

    Observatory

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  • Stirling Highland Hotel Observatory

    Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU

    Observatory

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  • Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion & Observatory

    Stonehaugh, Hexham, NE48 3DZ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Thanet Observatory

    Monkton Nature Reserve, Monkton, CT12 4LH

    Observatory

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  • The Alexander Observatory

    Queens Avenue, Aldershot, GU11 2ES

    Observatory

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  • The Astronomy Centre

    Bacup Road A681, Near Todmorden, Lancashire, OL14 7HP

    Observatory

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