Battlesteads Observatory

The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

Location description

Located at a Dark Sky Discovery Site in Wark on the premises of the Battlesteads Hotel the Battlesteads Observatory benefits from excellent dark skies for its village location. The observatory runs a variety of events most evenings each week and often ties in deals with the hotel and restaurant.

For the best stargazing experience at Battlesteads Observatory book on an event around a new moon period when the skies are at their darkest -- use the dark sky calendar to see when is best.

Dark sky discovery site

Designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site this location is accessible by members of the public and are officially recognised as excellent places to stargaze. Such locations often have free overnight car parking, some have toilet facilities however rarely allow overnight camping.


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 rural setting based on satellite data from CPRE.

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

When to stargaze at Battlesteads Observatory

This location's rural setting means it benefits from dark skies depending on the time of the year and lunar cycle. In the calendar below where you can see stars indicates when the skies will be dark and the best time to stargaze. Yellow areas show the adverse effects of daylight (bold) and moonlight (faded). Hover over a day to see darkness times or click on a date for more information.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 144 events with the last one being on 15th December 2017 organised by Battlesteads Observatory.


When to visit

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

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