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Harry Bayley Observatory

Observatory Road | Clapham, Wildey, Bridgetown, Barbados
+1 246-622-2000
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A Fascinating Experience!

We arrived at the observatory around 21:30 half expecting it to be too late for us to be admitted... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
via mobile
Informative and worth the visit

We had a great time being taught about the sky at night, saw the full moon in detail and learned a... read more

Reviewed 11 March 2017
Linda K
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Built in 1963, the Harry Bayley Observatory recently underwent a total restoration of the building and refurbishment of its astronomical instruments in 2014. The observatory is managed by The Barbados Astronomical Society Inc., A non-profit corporation whose objective is to educate the general public, with an emphasis on students, in the subject of astronomy. The observatory is open on Friday evenings from 8 pm to 10 pm (weather permitting). The public can view a 1/2 hour interactive presentation from 8pm before enjoying superb views of the night sky through our 16" Meade telescope. Minimum donations are USD$10 (BBD$20) for adults, USD$5 (BBD$10) for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5.
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Observatory Road | Clapham, Wildey, Bridgetown, Barbados
+1 246-622-2000

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We arrived at the observatory around 21:30 half expecting it to be too late for us to be admitted but we were immediately made to feel most welcome by Ade our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who welcomed us in with open arms and gave...More

Thank anagramdan
Reviewed 11 March 2017

We had a great time being taught about the sky at night, saw the full moon in detail and learned a lot about the planets and stars. The Gentleman talking us through and explaining was very approachable easy to talk to and kind and we...More

Thank Linda K
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We went to the weekly Friday night star show at the Observatory, and had a great experience. The facility is small, we were part of probably 25 total guests. The presentation (very inexpensive) started with a short talk by one of the volunteer scientists, and...More

Thank ml3456
expatinbarbados, Manager at Harry Bayley Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

We're very happy that you enjoyed your visit and thank you for writing. Please allow me to clarify for prospective visitors that we open at 8 pm on Fridays. The presentation in the auditorium usually starts at 8:10 pm and runs about 30 minutes. The...More

Reviewed 25 February 2017

This would have been one of the best attractions ever if there hadn't been so many people sharing it. Initial presentation was very good and set out what we were going to see. Then up to the telescope, where we saw orion nebula, some of...More

Thank catherine480
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Have gone a few times over 15 years. Newly ugraded equiptment in 2014. Amazing views. The gentleman who guides the evening is a wealth of knowlwedge and you can see he enjoys what he does. 20$ BBS at the door. Show up at 8 as...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I have been to Barbados many times and have never done this. We went last night on the back of my Dads recommendation. We couldn't recommend this enough - it was truly amazing. The guide was extremely informative and knowledgable. Well worth the $20BDS donation....More

1  Thank Jessica W
Reviewed 4 February 2017

An enthusiastic young man led us on a 1.5 hour exploration of the heavens around us. The observatory is impressive, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. Funded by the UK, it is truly a special and unusual experience. It is open on...More

1  Thank rufftuff
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

After building up the observatory to our friends and their 10 year old son, based on the reviews on here, we were very disappointed with our visit. There weren't enough seats when we arrived, that should have been an indicator that it was too busy,...More

1  Thank Gerry A
expatinbarbados, Manager at Harry Bayley Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

We're sorry that your visit was a disappointment. We cope poorly with crowds of over about 25, but to simply state the site is one of worst managed is unfair. We have no control over how many visitors will choose to show up on a...More

Reviewed 7 January 2017

I am a novice when it comes to astronomy but the guide was very knowledgeable and took us through the main stars and the moon. Great views of the moon craters. Bring your mobile phones as the guide will take a photo of the moon...More

Thank Zoe A
expatinbarbados, Manager at Harry Bayley Observatory, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

We're very happy that you enjoyed your experience at the observatory! I'd like to clarify for other readers that we don't currently project views through the telescope on the screen in the auditorium. Those not wishing or are unable to climb the stairs to the...More

Reviewed 15 December 2016

Would have been great if it had opened. Weather was perfect, cloudless sky so we took a taxi up but nobody turned up to open the observatory, we were stuck there outside for an hour until our taxi came to take us home at 9pm....More

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26 June 2016|
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Response from cwithers84 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, sorry for the delay getting back to you. I'm afraid it isn't suitable for wheelchair users to use the telescope but it would be possible for you/them to listen to the talk and see the telescopic findings displayed in... More
Rachel F
16 June 2015|
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Response from Laura F | Property representative |
Hi Rachel, There are 2 bus routes that pass within easy walking distance to the Observatory. You would have to take a route #11 to town and either a route #10 to Wildey and get off at the Rubis gas station and ask for... More
9 June 2015|
Response from Laura F | Property representative |
Hi thank you for your inquiry. We have a short presentation from 8-8:30 p.m. this presentation is not usually repeated during a night unless we split the group.because of size. On some nights due to weather the presentation... More