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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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Winter Space Kids

Fantastic session today. Despite the cold, a passionate knowledgeable team ensured an enjoyable learning experience for all. Thank you.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Loopylou67
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic session today. Despite the cold, a passionate knowledgeable team ensured an enjoyable learning experience for all. Thank you.

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

Thank you very much for your review and we are delighted that you and your family had such a good time. We hope to see you again as we have an exciting programme ahead. Best wishes More 

Harrogate, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited over a weekend We went to the 1130 session. It had been an awful wet day and therefore still cloudy when we arrived which meant limited star gazing. However the staff were so knowledgeable and we learnt a lot but in a relaxed fun way We managed about 20 mins with manual telescope and got a taste of what... More 

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

Thank you very much for your review and we are delighted that you had a good time despite limited time for observing. Our team do try hard to make it an enjoyable experience and we hope to welcome you back again as there are no two nights the same ! More 

North West UK
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were scheduled to attend an event in December. However, the BBC issued a severe weather warning for the Kielder area with forecast for structural damage. We therefore decided it was sensible not to make the journey to Kielder, after all, probably not a good idea to drive a family through a forest in the middle of the night, when... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback and we review all of the reviews carefully. I have carried out an internal investigation of the circumstances and spoken to my colleagues at length. We take all comments very seriously and I am satisfied that you have had prompt and courteous service at all times. The evening to which you refer had two events... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Friday night for the Universe galaxy full of stars at 11:30-2am. Unfortunately it was a cold cloudy and snowy night so we didn't get to see any stars. Gary and his team at Kielder are wonderful and so passionate not only about what they do, but also about their visitors and in ensuring they have a good experience... More 

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

Many thanks for your review and we are delighted that you had an enjoyable night despite the far from ideal observing conditions. We hope to welcome you back again and I would encourage you to keep an eye on our web site to review forthcoming events and to hear news of our future exciting development plans. More 

Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although unable to see through the telescopes because of the bad weather this didn't stop us from having a remarkable visit. I could have listened to Garry for hours and found it hard to believe that we had been there for over three hours. All the staff were enthusiastic and it was wonderful to actually feel not only slices of... More 

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

Many thanks for your review Elizabeth and so pleased that you had an enjoyable night. We hope to welcome you back again soon and please keep an eye on our website for details of our forthcoming events and exciting future development plans. More 

Barnsley, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on my husband's 60th birthday while on holiday in Northumberland. The observatory and staff exceeded our expectations. The staff are knowledgeable, as you would expect, but also witty and funny and are able to pitch the talk to everyone who attended, no mean feat. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and we'd both love to return soon.

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

Many thanks for your review and so pleased that you had such a memorable birthday celebration. We hope to welcome you back on a future occasion and please keep an eye on our website for details of future events and our exciting development plans. More 

Middlesbrough
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93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attended one of their Night Safari events on 5th February. Our timing with the weather was good, partly cloudy when we arrived then became more clear for the next hour or so before becoming more cloudy again. In the gap we had great views of the moon and various star constellations. The staff were great, very helpful and knowledgeable. When... More 

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

Many thanks for your review and so pleased that you had an enjoyable night. Please keep an eye on our website for details of future events and news of our exciting development plans. More 

Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us went to Kielder Observatory, which is located in the dark skies area of Kielder. We were booked in for an Aurora talk and were more then a little disappointed when we realised that the forecast was fog, fog, mist, mist and more mist, however, we didn't need to be. The staff were excellent and made the whole... More 

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

Many thanks for your review and so pleased that you had such an enjoyable night despite the weather ! We have special family astronomy events which I am sure your children would enjoy and please keep an eye on the website for future events More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on Friday 27th of January on one of the 'Aurora nights' as a birthday present for my partner. Even though it was clear all week, luck of the draw it was cloudy when we went. However the friendly enthusiastic staff made it a great night. The night started with an introductory talk; finding out about our galaxy, the... More 

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

Many thanks for your review and we are delighted that you had an enjoyable night despite the weather. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back hopefully with better observing conditions. More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hi, guys , just visited observatory for the first time Wednesday 25th of Jan. We were a bit dubious wether or not cloud may roll in but HEY guess what had the most fab night for star gazing . Clear and frosty with millions of sparkling stars. Can we say a big Thankyou to the staff who made the night... More 

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

Delighted that you had such a great night and enjoyed clear skies which are spectacular over Kielder. We hope that you are enthused to carry on star gazing and would love to welcome you back ... please keep an eye on our website for details of future events. More 

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