Godlee Observatory

Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3NL

Location description

Located on top of the Sackville Building of the University of Manchester the Godlee Observatory is home to the Manchester Astronomical Society. The Society meets most Thursday evenings and members of the public are welcome to attend a few meetings before considering joining the group. If you are interested in attending the observatory please contact the Society directly beforehand to arrange your visit. Private guided tours of the facility are also available.

Above photo by Manchester Astronomical Society.

Location event organiser

Manchester Astronomical Society 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.

Forthcoming events at this location

Manchester Astronomical Society Godlee Observatory Open Evening

Thursday 24th September 2020 from 19:00pm to 21:00pm
Astronomy Presentation, Observing (if clear)


When to visit

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

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