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Stargazing in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland offers enormous stargazing potential with low levels of light pollution away from the larger urban areas. One highlight is arguably the OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory in Davagh Forest, a fabulous facility in a region awarded Dark Sky Park status from the International Dark-Sky Association. The region also has numerous dark sky discovery sites and several active astronomy clubs and societies, all of whom are enthusiastic in public outreach.



Stargazing events in Northern Ireland

  • Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society lecture meeting

    Monday 5th September 2022 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

    Ballyclare High School, Ballyclare, BT39 9HJ

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 1st October 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society lecture meeting

    Monday 3rd October 2022 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

    Ballyclare High School, Ballyclare, BT39 9HJ

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 8th October 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 15th October 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 22nd October 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 29th October 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 5th November 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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  • Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society lecture meeting

    Monday 7th November 2022 from 20:00pm to 21:30pm

    Ballyclare High School, Ballyclare, BT39 9HJ

    More info
  • Stars and Stones Experience – Winter 2022

    Saturday 12th November 2022 from 20:00pm to 23:00pm

    OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory, Cookstown, BT79 8JH

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Stargazing locations in Northern Ireland

  • Altarichard Forest Car Park

    Altarichard Road, Magherahoney, County Antrim

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    College Hill, Armagh, County Armagh, BT61 9DB

    Observatory, Planetarium

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  • Beaghmore Stone Circles

    Blackrock Road, Cookstown, County Tyrone, BT80 9PB

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Benone Beach

    Sea Coast Road, Downhill, County Londonderry, BT51 4SD

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Carrick-a-Rede – National Trust

    Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, County Antrim, BT54 6LS

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Divis and Black Mountain National Trust Car Park

    Divis Road, Belfast, County Antrim, BT17 0NG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Killylane Reservoir

    Shanes Hill Road, Kilwaughter, County Antrim, BT40

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Murlough Bay Car Park – County Antrim

    Murlough Road, Ballycastle, County Antrim, BT54 6RG

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

    Davagh Forest, Cookstown, County Tyrone, BT79 8JH

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Oxford Island Nature Reserve

    Derrymacash, Craigavon, County Armagh, BT66 6NJ

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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Stargazing accommodation in Northern Ireland

  • Manor View Bed & Breakfast – Cookstown

    Cookstown, Kildress, County Tyrone, BT80 9RS

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Sperrinview Glamping

    71 Blackrock Road, Cookstown, County Tyrone, BT80 9PA

    Stay & Gaze

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