Dark sky sites in the UK

There are a number of officially recognised and publicly accessible dark sky sites in the UK. Considering widespread light pollution this may come as a surprise! Many of these sites are called Dark Sky Discovery Sites. These are places identified by the International Dark Sky Association as great locations to go stargazing.

The map shows the locations of many of these dark sky sites. It also includes locations suggested by various local authorities such as National Parks and AONB’s.  The Go Stargazing team have also added some of our favourite locations.  We hope this helps you find your closest dark sky site and go stargazing!

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List of dark sky sites in the UK

The following is a list of dark sky locations including dark sky discovery sites in the UK.

Abriachan Forest Trust

Abriachan, Inverness, IV3 8LB

Alemoor Reservoir

Roberton, Hawick, TD9

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge - National Trust

Near Ridley Hall, Bardon Mill, NE47 7BP

Allendale Golf Club

Near Sinderhope, Allendale, NE47

Alnmouth Beach

Alnmouth, Warkworth, NE66

Altarichard Forest Car Park

Altarichard Road, Magherahoney,

Alwinton Car Park

Alwinton, Near Harbottle, NE65 7BQ

Aunt Phoebe's Recreation Ground

Long Compton, Chipping Norton, CV36 5JS

B6386 Oxton to Southwell Lay-by

Oxton Hill, Southwell, NG25 0RN

Badbury Rings Car Park - National Trust

Kingston Lacy, Wimbourne, BH21 4DZ

Balderhead Reservoir

Hunderthwaite, Near Cotherstone, DL12

Ballannette Country Park - Isle of Man

Ballamenagh Road, Baldrine, IM4 6AJ

Ballaugh Beach Car Park - Isle of Man

Ballaugh Beach, The Cronk, IM7

Battlesteads Observatory

The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, NE48 3LS

Beacon Fell Visitor Centre

Beacon Fell, Preston, PR3 2NL

Beaghmore Stone Circles

Blackrock Road, Cookstown, BT80 9PB

Bel Tor Car Park - Dartmoor

Poundsgate, Newton Abbot, TQ13 7PR

Benone Beach

Sea Coast Road, Downhill, BT51 4SD

Birling Gap

Birling Gap, Eastbourne, BN20 0AB

Blakey Ridge Car Park

Blakey Bank, Church Houses, YO62 7LQ

Blea Tarn Car Park - Lake District

Little Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9PG

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0XF

Bowness Knott Car Park - Lake District

Croasdale, Ennerdale Bridge, CA23 3AU

Breckland Astronomical Observatory

Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

Brecon - Carreg Cennen Castle

Carreg Cennen Castle, Trapp, SA19 6UA

Brecon - Crai Reservoir

Crai Reservoir, Cnewr, LD3

Brecon - Crai Village

Crai Village, Libanus, LD3 8YP

Brecon - Libanus Mountain Centre

Libanus, Brecon, LD3 8ER

Brecon - Plas Dolygaer

Pontsticill, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2UR

Brecon - Red Lion Pub

Church Road, Penderyn, CF44 9JR

Brecon - Usk Reservoir

Near Trecastle, Brecon, LD3

Brendon Two Gates

Brendon Two Gates, Simonsbath, TA24

Broadhaven South Car Park

Broadhaven, Bosherston,

Bruce's Stone

Loch Trool, Near Bargrennan, DG8

Buckden National Park

Dalegarth, Buckden, BD23 5JU

Burnhope Reservoir

Wearhead, St Johns Chapel, DL13

Butser Hill

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Near Clanfield, PO8

Bwlch Mountain Lay-by

Bwlch Mountain, Near Treorchy, CF42

Bwlch y Groes

Bryn Uchaf, Machynlleth, SY20 9AH

Cadover Bridge Car Park

Shaugh Prior, Plymouth, PL7 5EH

Caldrons Woodlands

Loch Trool, Glentrool, DG8

Camas na Sgianadin

Broadford, Isle of Skye, IV49

Carding Mill Valley

Carding Mill, Church Stretton, SY6

Carn Galver Engine House

Zennor, Penzance, TR20 8YX

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Carnewas, Trenance, TR8

Carrick-a-Rede - National Trust

Whitepark Road, Ballintoy, BT54 6LS

Carricks Picnic Area

Derwent Reservoir, Blanchland, DH8 9PE

Castlehill Heritage Centre

Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

Cawfields Quarry

Cawfields, Near Haltwhistle, NE49 9PJ

Cerne Abbas Giant Viewpoint

Acreman Street, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JX

Chevron Fold Car Park

Poundstock, Bude, EX23 0DQ

Clan Donald

Clan Donald Centre, Armadale, IV45 8RS

Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre

Clatteringshaws House, Near New Galloway, DG7 3SQ

Clay Bank Car Park - Forestry Commission

Great Broughton, Middlesbrough, TS9 7JA

Clearbrook Car Park - Yelverton

Clearbrook, Plymouth, PL20 6JD

Clerk Laithe Lodge

Slaidburn Road, Newton in Bowland, BB7


RSPB Geltsdale, Forest Head, CA8

Cley Hill Car Park - National Trust

Corsely, Warminster, BA12 7QU

Cod Beck Reservoir Car Park

Whorlton, Northallerton, DL6 3AL

Colliford Lake North West Car Park - Bodmin Moor

Colliford Lake, Bolventor, PL14 6PZ

Colliford Lake Park - Bodmin Moor

Bodmin Moor, Bolventor, PL14 6PL

Colliford Lake South Car Park - Bodmin Moor

Colliford Lake, St Neot, PL14 6PX

Colliford Lake West Car Park - Bodmin Moor

Colliford Lake, St Neot, PL14 6PL

Coombestone Tor - Dartmoor

Holne, Hexworthy, PL20 6SE

Corgarff Castle Car Park

Corgarff, Strathdon, AB36 8YP

County Gate Car Park

County Gate, Oare, TA24

Cow Green Reservoir

Upper Teesdale, Langdon Beck, DL12

Craig Y Nos Castle

Craig Y Nos Castle, Craig Y Nos, SA9 1GL

Creswell Beach Car Park

Beach Road, Cresswell, NE61 5LF

Crook O Lune Picnic Site

Low Road, Halton Green, LA2

Cross Dyke Car Park

Burway Road, Church Stretton, SY6

Crowdy Reservoir

Tregoodwell, Camelford, PL32 9XJ

Crummock Water Car Park - Lake District

B5289 North of Buttermere, Cockermouth, CA13 9XA

Dalby Forest Visitor Centre

Dalby Forest, Thornton-le-Dale, YO18 7LT

Dales Countryside Museum

Station Yard, Hawes, DL8 3NT

Delamere Forest Park - Forestry Commission

Linmere, Northwich, CW8 2JD

Devil's Dyke

Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YJ

Dinton Park - National Trust

St Marys Road, Dinton, SP3 5HH

Ditchling Beacon

Ditchling, Brighton, BN6

Dolgoch Hostel

Abergwesyn, Ceredigion, SY25 6NR

Dunkery & Horner Wood

Exmoor National Park, North of Exford, TA24

Dunkery Beacon

Exmoor National Park, North West of Wheddon Cross, TA24

Dunsten Steads Car Park

Dunsten Steads, Embleton, NE66 3DT

Durlston Astronomy Centre

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Elan Valley - Bridge Crossing

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Claerwen Dam

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Craig Goch Dam

Elan Valley, Rhayader , LD6 5HP

Elan Valley - Penrhiw Wen

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Pont Ar Elan

Elan Valley, Rhayader, LD6

Elan Valley - Teifi Pools

Elan Valley, Pontrhydfendigaid, SY25

Elan Valley - Visitor Centre

Elan Village, Rhayader, LD6 5HP

Elf Kirk Viewpoint

Near Tower Knowe Visitor Centre, Kielder Water, NE48 1BX

Elsdon Village Hall

Elsdon, Otterburn, NE19 1AA

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Spread Eagle Hill, Shaftesbury, SP7 0DT

Fort Island - Isle of Man

Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven, IM8 1AA

Fort Victoria Country Park & Planetarium

Island Planetarium, Yarmouth, PO41 0RR

Frogwell Lodge Car Park

Exmoor National Park, West of Upton, TA4

Garn Eiddel Car Park

Garn Eiddel, Near Maerdy, CF43

Garn Fawr Car Park

Garn Fawr, Trefasser, SA64 OJJ

Garrison Playing Field

Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly, TR21

Gerazim Chapel

Cwmcerdenin, Near Garnswilt, SA18

Gisburn Forest Hub

Gisburn Forest, Near Tosside, BB7

Glen Canisp

Lochinver, Sutherland, IV27 4LW

Glen Wyllin Beach Car Park - Isle of Man

Glen Wyllin, Kirk Michael, IM6 1AW

Glenlivet Blairfindy

Glenlivet, Ballindalloch, AB37 9DJ

Glentrool Visitor Centre

Glentrool, Near Bargrennan, DG8 6SZ

Glyncorrwg Ponds

Afan Forest Park, Glyncorrwg, SA13

Goat Hill Bridge Car Park

Off B3358, Simonsbath, TA24 7LL

Godolphin Hill - National Trust

Godolphin Cross, Helston, TR13 9RE

Godrevy Beach Car Park

Gwithian, Hayle, TR27 5ED

Goonhilly Earth Station Nature Reserve

Goonhilly Downs, Helston, TR12 6LQ

Gouthwaite Reservoir Picnic Area - Nidderdale

Ramsgill, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5AE

Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre, Grizedale, LA22 0QJ

Grove Park Community Group - Ringway Centre

268 Baring Road, London, SE12 0DS

Hamsterley Forest Visitor Centre

Hamsterley Forest, Bedburn, DL13 3NL

Harford Car Park - Dartmoor

Harford, Ivybridge, PL21 0JQ

Hawes National Park Centre

Butterset Road, Hawes, DL8 3NT

Hawkhope Car Park

Hawkhope, Near Falstone, NE48

Hay Bluff

Hay Bluff Lay-by, South of Hay-on-Wye, HR3

Haytor Car Park - Dartmoor

Haytor, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9XS

Headley Heath - National Trust

Headley Common Road, Headley, KT18 6NN

Hendre Mynydd Car Park

Rhigios Mountain, Near Blaenrhondda, CF42

Hidden College of Scalan

Chapeltown, Ballindalloch, AB37 9JS

Holdstone Down Car Park

Holdstone Down, Near Combe Martin, EX34

Hound Tor Car Park - Dartmoor

Manaton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9XQ

Ingram Village Hall

Ingram, Near Powburn, NE66 4LT

Iping Common

Iping, Near Trotton, GU31

Isle of Coll - Arinagour

Arinagour, Isle of Coll, PA78

Isle of Coll - Cliad Football Pitch

Arnabost, Isle of Coll, PA78

Isle of Coll - RSPB Totronald

RSPB Totronald, Coll, PA78 6TB

Kelling Heath Holiday Park

Weybourne, Holt, NR25 7HW

Kete Car Park

St Annes Head, Near Dale, SA62 3RR

Kielder Campsite

Kielder Village, Kielder, NE48 1ER

Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, Near Kielder Village, NE48

Killylane Reservoir

Shanes Hill Road, Kilwaughter, BT40

King Alfred's Tower Car Park

Tower Road, Bruton, BA10 0JS

Kinloch Forest

Kinloch, Isle of Skye, IV43 8QY

Kirknewton Village Hall

Kirknewton, Near Wooler, NE71 6XA

Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre

Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart, DG8 7BE

Knapp Copse Local Nature Reserve

Knapp Copse, Near Honiton, EX13

Knarsdale with Kirkhaugh Cairns Community Hall

Slaggyford, Brampton, CA8 7NP


Tain, Gillen, IV55 8GP

Knowlton Church and Earthworks - English Heritage

Knowlton, Wimbourne, BH21 5AE


Kylerhea Otter Haven Car Park, Kylerhea, IV42 8NH

Kynance Cove - National Trust

The Lizard, Near Helston, TR12 7PJ

Landacre Bridge

Landacre Lane, North of Sandyway,

Lanehead Car Park - Dartmoor

Willsworthy, Tavistock, PL19 9NB

Lantic Bay Car Park - National Trust

Lanteglos, Fowey, PL23 1NP

Leigh Woods - National Trust

Abbots Leigh Road, Bristol, BS8 3QB

Leitir Easaidh

Little Assynt, Lochinver, IV27


Llanerchaeron, Ciliau Aeron, SA48 8DG

Llangors Lake

Llangorse, Brecon, LD3 7TR

Llyn Geirionydd

Llyn Geirionydd, Llanrhychwyn, LL27 0YX

Llyn y Dywarchen

Rhyd Ddu, Drws y Coed,

Llynnau Cregennen

Arthog, Dolgellau, LL40

Loch Braden

Galloway Forest Park, Tallaminnock, KA19 7NT

Loch Doon Castle

Loch Doon Castle, Craigmalloch, KA6 7QE

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

YHA Ennerdale, Cleator, CA23 3AX

Lundy Island

Isle Of Lundy, Lundy, LUNDY

Malham Car Park

Malham, Skipton, BD23 4DA

Mallet's Cottage Car Park

Carne, Veryan, TR2 5PH

Martin Down National Nature Reserve Car Park

Near East Woodyates, Salisbury, SP5

Martins Haven Car Park

Martins Haven Car Park, Near Marloes, SA62 3BJ

Megget Reservoir Dam

Cappercleuch, Selkirk, TD7

Merry Maidens Stone Circle

Boleigh, Penzance, TR19 6BN

Minions Heritage Centre Car Park - Bodmin Moor

Minions, Liskeard, PL14 5LL

Minniglow - Peak District

Mouldridge Lane, Pikehall, DE4 2PN

Moffat Dark Sky Town

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway, DG10

Morden Hall Park - National Trust

Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD

Morton Castle and Loch

Thornhill, Dumfries, DG3 5EH

Murlough Bay Car Park - County Antrim

Murlough Road, Ballycastle, BT54 6RG

New Decoy Great Fen

New Decoy Great Fen, Near Holme, PE26

Newgale Beach Car Park

Newgale Beach, Newgale, SA62 6BD

Old Winchester Hill Nature Reserve

Old Winchester Hill, Near Corhampton, SO32 3LJ

Onchan Park - Isle of Man

Royal Avenue, Onchan, IM3 1RD

Oxford Island Nature Reserve

Derrymacash, Craigavon, BT66 6NJ

Parc Penallta

Penallta, Ystrad Mynach, CF8

Parkhead Station

Stanhope Moor, Stanhope, DL13 2ES

Parsley Hay - Peak District

Biggin, Buxton, SK17 0DG

Penbryn Beach Car Park

Penbryn Beach, Penbryn, SA44 6QL

Pentireglaze Car Park - National Trust

Wadebridge, Polzeath, PL27 6QY

Pole Cottage

The Port Way, Church Stretton, SY6

Poppit Sands Car Park

Poppit Sands, St Dogmaels, SA43 3LN

Port Lewaigue Car Park - Isle of Man

Lewaigue, Port e Vullen, IM7 1AW

Porth Nanven Car Park

Bosorne, St Just, TR19 7NR

Pow Hill

Pow Hill Country Park, Edmundbuyers, DH8

Ramsey Heights Countryside Classroom

Ramsey Heights, Ramsey, PE26

Redesdale Arms

Horsley, Rochester, NE19 1TA

Regent's Park Hub

Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY

Rinsey Head Car Park

Rinsey, Porthleven, TR13 9TS

Rochester Roundhouse

Rochester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE19 1RH

Rollright Stones Ancient Monument

Little Rollright, Chipping Norton, OX7

Rosedale Chimney Bank

Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, YO18 8SE

Ruislip Lido

Reservoir Road, Ruislip, HA4 7TY

Scar House Reservoir - Nidderdale

Scar House Reservoir, Upper Nidderdale,

Scottish Dark Sky Observatory

Craigengillan Lodge, Dalmellington, KA6 7PZ

Selset Reservoir

Grassholme, Near Mickleton, DL12

Shooting Box Car Park

Ratlinghope Road, Church Stretton, SY6

Shrinkle Haven Car Park

Shrinkle Haven, Near Manorbier, SA70 7SD

Sillyback Lake Car Park - Bodmin Moor

Sillyback Lake, Liskeard, PL14 6ER

Skrinkle Haven Car Park

Manorbier, Tenby, SA70 7TT

Slaidburn Visitor Car Park

Slaidburn, Clitheroe, BB7 3ES

Slains Castle Car Park

Cruden Bay, Errolston, AB42 0PW

Smeale Beach - Isle of Man

North of Smeale, Smeale, IM7 3EB

Spelga Reservoir South Car Park

B27 Moyad Road, Kilkeel, BT34

Spire Cross - Exmoor

Halse Lane, Near Winsford, TA24 7JD

St Abb's Head Nature Reserve

Northfield, Eyemouth, TD14 5QG

St Agnes Head

Goonvrea, St Agnes, TR5

St Agnes Head Car Park

St Agnes Head, St Agnes, TR5 0ST

St Medans Beach Car Park

Monreith, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8NJ

Stein Jetty

Stein, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GA

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion

Stonehaugh, Kielder Water Forest Park, NE48 3DZ

Suffolk Coast Nature Reserve

Blythburgh, Halesworth, IP19 9NB

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf Mountain, Abergavenny, NP7

Surprise View - Peak District

Hathersage Booths, Hathersage, S32

Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank, Near Thirsk, YO7 2EH

Sutton Veny Village Hall

High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP

Sychpant Park Picnic Site

Cwm Gwaun, Fishguard, SA65 9UA

Synchpant Picnic Site

Synchpant Picnic Site, Cwm Gwaun, SA65 9UA

Tan Hill Inn

Reeth, Richmond, DL11 6ED

Tarset Village Hall

Tarset Village Hall, Lanehead, NE48 1NT

The Bivouac - Nidderdale

High Knowle Farm, Upper Nidderdale, HG4 4JZ

The Coldstones Cut - Nidderdale

Toft Gate, Nidderdale, HG3 5BJ

The Field of Hope Car Park

Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, AB37 9ET

The Moors National Park Centre

Danby, Near Whitby, YO21 2NB

The Putechan Hotel

Bellochantuy, Argyll, PA28 6QE

The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre

Bardon Mill, Hexham, NE47 7AN

The Sound Restaurant Car Park - Isle of Man

Sound Road, Port Erin, IM9 5PZ

The Stell at Falstone

The Stell, Falstone, NE48 1AA

The Well of Lecht Car Park

A939 Old Military Road, Tomintoul, AB37

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

Tower Knowe, Kielder, NE48 1BX

Trelissick - National Trust

Feock, Near Truro, TR3 6QL

Trinity Hill Nature Reserve

Hoyton, Lyme Regis, DT7

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve

Crews Hole Road, Bristol, BS5 8HX

Trumpan Car Park

Trumpan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8GW

Tŷ Cipar, y Migneint

Llyn Conwy, y Migneint,

Tyn Cornel Hostel

Tregaron, Ceredigion, SY25 6PH

Uffington White Horse Hill

Uffington, Swindon, SN7 7UK

Victoria Park - Bristol

Hill Avenue, Bristol, BS3 4

Walk and Wild

Melvaig, Wester Ross,

Walltown Country Park

Walltown Quarry, Greenhead, CA8 7HF

Wasdale Head Car Park - Lake District

Wasdale, Santon Bridge, CA20 1EX

Webbers Post

Exmoor National Park, South of Horner, TA24

Wembury Beach Car Park

Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP

Westleton Common

Off Mill Street, Westleton, IP17 3BD

Wheal Coats Car Park - National Trust

Beacon Drive, St Agnes, TR5 0NU

Whinlatter Forest Park - Forestry Commission

Braithwaite, Keswick, CA12 5TW

Whiteworks Car Park - Dartmoor

Whiteworks, Princetown, PL20

Wimbleball Lake

Dluverton, Near Tiverton, TA22

Win Green - National Trust

Donhead Hollow, Ludwell, SP7 0ES

Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium

Telegraph Way, Winchester, SO21 1HZ

Wiveton Downs Car Park

Glandford, Holt, NR25 7JP

Yorke's Folly Car Park - Nidderdale

Nought Bank Road, Bewerley, HG3 5JA

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