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Nestled in the Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland, Kielder Observatory is a spectacular experience for all the family. Sited in the largest gold tier-protected dark sky park in the whole of Europe, the stargazing can be breathtaking: the ‘Kielder moment’ is very special, the moment that visitors look up at the glittering skies and realise that they’re completely connected to this vast cosmos, yet utterly unique within it.
Like the deck of a ship sailing above the landscape, the Observatory provides astronomers with a permanent facility in the heart of Northumberland. It is part of the art and architecture programme that has turned Kielder Water and Forest Park into an open-air gallery over the last 10 years.
The observatory hosts events to suit everyone: there are family events to entertain young explorers; relaxed events for people with different abilities; introductory events; legends behind the constellations events; and events focusing on phenomena such as the aurora, our moon, dark matter, and exoplanets.
Access to the Observatory is for ticket-holders only: booking is essential and can be done via the website. The access track is 2 miles long, uncased and single lane so is only opened for events one hour before to ensure traffic up and down the track is managed properly – you can walk up to the Observatory during the day and enjoy the spectacular views but there are no facilities available during the day. Skyspace, a circular room which is illuminated by a combination of natural and artificial light at different times of the day, can also be accessed via the track to the Observatory. During dawn and dusk, the changing light conditions create a rich and unforgettable display of tone and colour.
Kielder Observatory — a beacon for dark skies. Come and find your infinite inspiration.
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Please be aware all children under 16 yrs must be accompanied by an adult, all of whom must have a ticket.
Tickets must be booked in advance and we often sell out early, so please check our website for availability and to book: https://kielderobservatory.org/our-events
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Kielder Observatory is part of Kielder Art and Architecture and so are...
- Minotaur - Nick Coombe and Shona Kitchen 2003, Kielder (Garden)
- Janus Chairs Viewpoint, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Cat Cairn: the Kielder Skyspace - James Turrell 2000, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Kielder Observatory, Kielder (Science and Technology)
- Kielder Column - John Maine 1999, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Silvas Capitalis - SIMPARCH 2009, Hexham (Great Outdoors)
- Janus Chairs - Ryder Architecture 2009, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Viewpoints - Tania Kovats 1998, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Mapping mini golf, Kielder (Sightseeing and Leisure)
- Play Garden - Zone Architects 2006, Kielder (Sightseeing and Leisure)
- Shadow - Julia Barton 1995, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Freya's Cabin - Studio Weave 2009, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Belvedere - Softroom Architects 1999, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- 55-02 - Sixteen (makers) 2009, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Wave Chamber - Chris Drury 1996, Kielder (Great Outdoors)
- Stell - Colin Wilbourn 2006, Falstone (Great Outdoors)
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- Atmospheric shots taken @NTcragside by one of our volunteers, Stuie. @VisitNland #darkskies #astrophotography https://t.co/efDebWTMum15 Sep at 09:02
- RT @tabzahs: @kielder_obs @Astronomer_Mark has done 70+hrs of space lecturing. (Chk him out on YouTube) Pls can anyone help the fundraisin…14 Sep at 13:15
- @deepskymike I guess the Vogons needed to put a hyperspace express route in.13 Sep at 21:32
- Kids definitely ask the most difficult questions! https://t.co/Arua059oke13 Sep at 21:08
- @Tiltonstar1 These were taken with a Huawei P30 Pro.10 Sep at 17:49