Stargazing in South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

Find places to stargaze in this region

The South Downs National Park was awarded Dark Sky Reserve status in May 2016. This status will ensure the region's light pollution remains under control if not reduced. Given its location in the South of England the skies are surprisingly and wonderfully dark. A number of Dark Sky Discovery Sites are dotted throughout the region giving excellent opportunities to observe the starry skies above. Enthusiastic local Astronomical Societies run frequent public stargazing events across the area.

Stargazing locations in South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

The map below shows places to go stargazing in South Downs Dark Sky Reserve. The map includes observatories, dark sky sites and places hosting forthcoming stargazing events.

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List of stargazing locations in South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

Birling Gap

Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN20 0AB

Butser Hill

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Near Clanfield, Hampshire, PO8

Devil’s Dyke

Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YJ

Ditchling Beacon

Ditchling, Brighton, Sussex, BN6

Iping Common

Iping, Near Trotton, West Sussex, GU31

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve

Old Winchester Hill, Near Corhampton, Hampshire, SO32 3LJ

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