Stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is rightly proud of being the first dark sky reserve in Europe. Much of the region is free from light pollution and rightly claims to have some of the darkest skies in the country.

Going stargazing in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve will reward you with amazing views of the cosmos. The sky is filled with many more stars than you would normally see from a town or city. The glow of the Milky Way is easily spotted on dark moonless nights.

A number of campsites and accommodation providers across the region are Dark Sky Friendly and several Dark Sky Discovery Sites offer amazing places to stargaze.

The team at Exmoor National Park have put together this fantastic astronomer’s guide and includes lots of tips for stargazing in the region.

Stargazing events are arranged all year round including planetarium sessions and guided public stargazing sessions for groups or exclusive booking at Exmoor’s Dark Sky Discovery Hub at Exford.

Every October the National Park hosts a two-three week Dark Skies Festival of events at locations all over the moor. Telescopes can also be hired all year round from the National Park Centres at Dunster, Dulverton and Lynmouth.

Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve is well worth a visit!

Visit Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve official website



Stargazing locations in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

  • Bossington Beacon Car Park – Exmoor

    North Hill, Bossington, TA24

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Brendon Two Gates

    Brendon Two Gates, Simonsbath, TA24

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • County Gate Car Park

    County Gate, Oare, TA24

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Dunkery & Horner Wood

    Exmoor National Park, North of Exford, TA24

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Dunkery Beacon

    Exmoor National Park, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Exford Bridge Tea Rooms

    Chapel Street, Exford, TA24 7PY

    Recommended Stargazing Site

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  • Exford Car Park

    Chapel Street, Exford, TA24 7PP, South West

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Frogwell Lodge Car Park

    Exmoor National Park, West of Upton, TA4

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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  • Goat Hill Bridge Car Park

    Off B3358, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

    Go Stargazing Site

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  • Holdstone Down Car Park

    Holdstone Down, Near Combe Martin, EX34

    Dark Sky Discovery Site

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Stargazing accommodation in Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve

  • Heale Farm – Exmoor

    Parracombe, North Devon, EX31 4QE

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Longmead House – Exmoor

    9 Longmead, Lynton, EX35 6DQ

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Salad Days & Holi Moli Beach Huts – Dunster

    Dunster Beach, Minehead, TA24 6TH

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Shoulsbarrow Farm

    Exmoor National Park, Challacombe, EX31 4TS, South West

    Stay & Gaze

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  • Simonsbath House Hotel

    Simonsbath, Minehead, TA24 7SH, South West

    Stay & Gaze

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