Stargazing in North West England

With forests, fells, moors, mountains and beaches, there are plenty of excellent dark skies in North West England, where you may see the Milky Way, shooting stars and maybe the Northern Lights!

The Forest of Bowland AONB is particularly worthy of special mention, being home to several Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

Even near the city areas of Liverpool and Manchester, you’ll find dark sky pockets such as Delamere Forest. The Lake District has incredibly dark skies too, where light pollution in some areas is virtually non-existent. Take a (red light) torch!



Stargazing events in North West England

  • Volcanic Islands and Hidden Gems of Portugal with Fred. Olsen Cruises and Go Stargazing

    Saturday 6th July 2024 from 12:00pm to Friday 19th July 2024 12:00pm

    Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Liverpool, L3 1DL

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  • Public observing at High Legh Community Observatory

    Friday 19th July 2024 from dusk

    High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

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  • Sun Watch with Eddington Astronomical Society

    Saturday 20th July 2024 from 14:00pm to 16:00pm

    Brewery Arts Centre - Kendal, Kendal, LA9 4HE

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  • The Astronomy Centre Public Open Evenings

    Saturday 20th July 2024 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

    The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

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  • Leighton Observatory Open Evening

    Wednesday 24th July 2024 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm

    Leighton Observatory - Pex Hill, Widnes, WA8 5QW

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  • Salford Observatory open evening

    Wednesday 24th July 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Salford Observatory, Chasely Fields, M6 7DZ

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  • Manchester Astronomical Society weekly meeting

    Thursday 25th July 2024 from 18:00pm to 21:00pm

    Blackett Lecture Theatre, Manchester, M13 9PL

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  • Mid-Cheshire Astronomical Group meeting & observing

    Friday 26th July 2024 from 19:30pm to 21:30pm

    Norley Parish Centre, Norley, WA6 8NE

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  • Public observing at High Legh Community Observatory

    Friday 26th July 2024 from dusk

    High Legh Community Observatory, High Legh, WA16 6NS

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  • The Astronomy Centre Public Open Evenings

    Saturday 27th July 2024 from 19:30pm to 23:00pm

    The Astronomy Centre, Near Todmorden, OL14 7HP

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Stargazing locations in North West England

  • Aira Force High Force Car Park

    Park Brow, Dockray, Cumbria, CA11 0JY, North West England

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Alston Observatory

    Alston Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 3BP

    Observatory

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  • Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

    Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2NL

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Blea Tarn Car Park – Lake District

    Little Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9PG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Bowness Knott Car Park – Lake District

    Croasdale, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, CA23 3AU

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Buttermere Car Park – National Trust

    Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA, North West England

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Campfield Marsh Nature Reserve

    Bowness-on-Solway, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 5AF

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Caton Moor Windfarm

    Caton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA2 9HF

    Aurora Viewpoint, Go Stargazing Site

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  • Crook O Lune Picnic Site

    Low Road, Halton Green, Lancashire, LA2

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Crummock Water Car Park – Lake District

    B5289 North of Buttermere, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9XA

    Go Stargazing Site

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Stargazing accommodation in North West England

  • Bowland Wild Boar Park

    Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2QT

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Broadrake Bunkbarn & Workshops

    Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, Lancashire, LA6 3AX, Yorkshire and The Humber

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Brookfield Guest House – Keswick

    Penrith Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4LJ

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Cambridge House Hotel – Millom

    1 Cambridge Street, Millom, Cumbria, LA18 5BD

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Clerk Laithe Lodge

    Slaidburn Road, Newton in Bowland, Lancashire, BB7

    Stay & Gaze

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