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 including observatories, officially recognised dark sky locations and recommended sites. We very much welcome suggestions if you'd like to contact us.

List of stargazing locations in South Downs Dark Sky Reserve

Bignor Hill Car Park

Bignor, Pullborough, RH20 1PQ

Birling Gap

Birling Gap, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN20 0AB

Buriton Village Green

High Street, Buriton, GU31 5RX

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

Harting Down – National Trust

B2141, South Harting, GU31 5PN, South East

Iping Common

Iping, Near Trotton, West Sussex, GU31

Kithurst Hill

Storrington, Worthing, BN18 9LZ

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve

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

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ

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