Kielder Observatory

“One of the most remarkable places to visit in the whole of the UK.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Kielder, Northumberland

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A magical and unique experience under the finest dark skies in England, Kielder Observatory is open most nights throughout the year and stages astronomy events for all ages and backgrounds. Deep in Kielder forest, the Observatory offers stargazing sessions, in depth-talks and interactive activities. The staff bring the Universe alive to inspire, enthuse and educate. Booking through the official website is essential (follow the link below).

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Kielder Observatory
Black Fell, Shilling Pot, KIELDER, Northumberland, NE48 1EJ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Accessible parking, building is all level or ramped except for one of our telescope turrets. One main telescope is low level for wheelchair users.
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: We are only open for our pre-booked events. Events run most evenings and early evenings in school holidays.

About the area

Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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