Mills Observatory

Glamis Road, Balgay Park, Dundee, DD2 2UB

Location description

The historic Mills observatory is the first purpose-built observatory in Britain with it’s sole aim to educate and encourage the public’s understanding of science.  The impressive sandstone building stands proud atop Balgay Hill on the outskirts of Dundee City centre.  The observatory runs a full event schedule throughout the year of which most events are free of charge.  Join the experienced and friendly astronomers as they give you a guided tour of fascinating objects which can be seen through their large automated telescopes.  A great experience for everyone!

Location event organiser

Mills Observatory organises stargazing events at this location.


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


This location has a planetarium offering astronomy presentations projected onto a large curved screen or dome.

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 482 events with the last one being on 31st March 2020 organised by Mills Observatory.


When to visit

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

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