Coats Observatory

Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

Location description

Located within the complex of Paisley Museum the Coats Observatory is a stunning building housing a vast range of telescopes and is the oldest public observatory in the country. During the day a variety of planetarium shows are offered and by night visitors have the opportunity to look through their powerful telescopes. Entrance to the museum and observatory is free of charge!

Location event organiser

Coats Observatory 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.

Stargazing events at this location

There are no known forthcoming events at this location. Previously there have been 27 events with the last one being on 20th September 2018 organised by Coats Observatory.


When to visit

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

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