Battlesteads Observatory is located on the premises of the Battlesteads Hotel in Wark. The venue benefits from good 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 we recommend visiting Battlesteads Observatory around a new Moon period, this when the skies will be at their darkest — see our dark sky calendar to find out when is best.
Location event organiser
Battlesteads Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.
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
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.