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Kielder Observatory

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Address: Black Fell, Kielder, England
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+44 191 265 5510
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16:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 03:00
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The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of...

The Kielder Observatory is a centre for public outreach in the science of astronomy and physics. It serves to promote the universe to our guests, enabling people from all walks of life and levels of interest to access the visual splendour of the cosmos. With a superb array of telescopes and instrumentation to explore the depths of space. Expert tuition awaits the visitors who come along and take part in our featured events, sit in complete comfort in our classroom next to the log burning fire and let us take you on a tour of the universe.

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Shame it was cloudy but the plan B is good

Nowt you can do about the vagaries of the British weather and we hit a cloudy night. We nearly didn't bother turning up but fair play to the really enthusiastic guys running it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Honkytom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nowt you can do about the vagaries of the British weather and we hit a cloudy night. We nearly didn't bother turning up but fair play to the really enthusiastic guys running it - they make it as fun an evening as it can be for thirty or so disappointed folk who know there ain't going to be any stargazing... More 

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Thank Honkytom
Derby, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked the Night Sky Safari for my husband's Christmas present, to give him an interesting experience, since he is into new experiences and is a bit of a space/science geek. Before we went we were managing our expectations, since a clear night is not guaranteed and we also knew there would be a 'sit down talk', which normally turns... More 

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Thank CarolineWoo
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

We were delighted to hear that you had such a good night and are fortunate in having such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We hope to see you back at the observatory in the future and we have our events now listed on the website for the rest of the year. Best wishes More 

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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a great drive through the beautiful countryside we arrived at the observatory in the dark.. Daniel met us and we followed him up to the observatory Straight away his passion and enthusiasm for what he did was phenomenal and inspiring. We stood on the deck outside and he showed us Jupiter and the Moon through the two telescopes on... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks Tim for your review and delighted that you had such an enjoyable night despite the weather closing in. We are fortunate in having such a passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers who do work hard to give a good experience in all conditions. We now have an exciting programme of events posted on our website for... More 

Northallerton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A really well organised, interesting and enlightening event. On the face of it going star gazing and not being able to see more than 50 feet could be a bit of a downer, but the evening passed really quickly thanks to the staff (and what I guess is a well enacted Plan B) who were informative and enthusiastic. We probably... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and delighted that you had such an enjoyable and informative night ... our team do try hard to accommodate all conditions and levels of interest and we hope that we see you back at the observatory in more favourable conditions. Best wishes More 

Bradford UK
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although cloudy it didn't actually matter as the the talks were so good and seeing how the telescopes worked was brilliant. The staff amazing and so full of enthusiasm and the hot chocolate was great. Would recommend to anybody it was literally eye opening thanks to all involved in this wonderful project. Think I might have to buy a telescope.

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Thank vwdevondave
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Delighted that you had such an enjoyable visit despite it being cloudy and that our staff made you so welcome. We hope to welcome you back again as we have a varied and exciting programme now posted for the rest of the year on our website. I hope that you do but a telescope and happy star gazing ! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately it was cloudy the whole night meaning we saw nothing through the telescopes. Nevertheless we enjoyed everything else, the staff were very interesting and funny. I think it would be hard for young children to be entertained the whole 3 hours. Very informative and would consider visiting again only thing is it's quite a lot to spend on the... More 

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Thank River R
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and glad that you had a good night despite the cloudy conditions. Just so that you are aware we do have Family Astronomy and Space Kids events for younger Astronomers which are very popular sessions. We hope to see you again at Kielder Best wishes More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am a fairly keen amateur astronomer and have been meaning to visit Kielder Observatory for several years - this year we planned a spring break in Northumberland and I had the perfect opportunity. The first thing that stands out about visiting Kielder is the team. Led by the observatory founder and director, Gary Fildes, it is obvious they put... More 

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johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comprehensive review James and delighted that you enjoyed your first visit. Please come back and see us again if you are holidaying in the Kielder area. I am not sure where you live but we are always looking for keen enthusiasts to join our volunteers team. Please get in touch if this might be of interest.... More 

Suffolk, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great experience despite the overcast skies. The Kielder team were extremely helpful and enthusiastic

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Thank tomsnan2017
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and please come back and see us again soon ! Best wishes More 

Barcelona, Spain
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked onto the aurora night and although it was cloudy the professionals at the observatory were well equipped to give us a science lessons. Still can't believe I held a piece of the moon. What an awesome experience

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Thank Hayley E
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Hayley. We really hope to welcome you back again and all of the events for the rest of the year are listed on your web site. Best wishes More 

England
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37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very enthusiastic staff who clearly know their stuff! We went on a freezing evening - you definitely need to wrap up - and despite the odd snow flurry we were lucky in that we had a good amount of cloud-free sky. A very interesting talk was followed by being split into 3 small groups of around 12, when we were... More 

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Thank SCSEngland
johnh19552016, General Manager at Kielder Observatory, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review and so please that you had a good night. Please come back and see us again as there are no two nights the same at Kielder. Best wishes More 

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