Athenaeum Observatory

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LU

Location description

The Athenaeum is a historical building situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds close to the city centre. Located within the dome at the top of the building is the Athenaeum Observatory housing the Victorian Troughton & Simms 4-inch refracting telescope. Unfortunately the observatory is not currently open to the public as it is in need of restoration. We have featured the observatory on Go Stargazing to raise awareness of it and to assist Athenaeum Astronomy Association returning it to public use.

Photograph courtesy of Dr Richard Young, Chair of Athenaeum Astronomy Association

Location event organiser

Athenaeum Astronomy Association organises stargazing events at this location.


Location has an observatory that is accessible to the public by prior arrangement or during public events.

Location light pollution

This location is estimated to have light pollution levels similar to a urban setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

Dark site
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.


When to visit

The best time to visit Athenaeum Observatory can be found on this dark skies calendar.

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