Despite widespread light pollution there are a number of fantastic places to stargaze across the UK. Travelling only a few miles away from light-polluted towns and cities can reveal wonderful views of the skies. Several dark sky parks and reserves have been established where light pollution levels are kept under control. There are many official dark sky discovery sites dotted around the country.
There are a number of designated "areas of natural beauty" across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of them offer great stargazing locations due to their rural settings.
There are a growing number of regions across the United Kingdom designated as dark sky parks, reserves and islands. In such locations measures are taken to keep light pollution to a minimum leaving the skies dark and many Dark Sky Sites that are perfect for stargazing.
Several National Parks across the UK benefit from fabulous starry skies and are seeking to protect these natural assets via initiatives including the reduction of light pollution through sensible lighting management and applying for official Dark Sky status.