Observatories in the UK

There are a surprising number of observatories across the United Kingdom, perhaps reflecting the long history the country has with astronomy. All of the locations on our map are open to the public. Most places require the purchase of a ticket for an event, some are open by general admission. Other locations, for example, those run by astronomical societies, are often open free of charge or ask for a small donation.

Observatories in the UK location list

  • Airdrie Observatory

    Airdrie Library, Airdrie, ML6 0AG

    Observatory

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  • Alston Observatory

    Alston Lane, Preston, PR3 3BP

    Observatory

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  • Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

    College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DB

    Observatory, Planetarium

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  • Astrocampus – University of York

    Heslington West Campus, York, YO10 5DD

    Observatory

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  • Athenaeum Observatory

    Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LU

    Observatory

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  • Battlesteads Observatory

    The Battlesteads Hotel, Wark, Northumberland, NE48 3LS

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Bayfordbury Observatory

    Lower Hatfield Road, Bayfordbury, SG13 8LD

    Observatory

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  • Beacon Hill Observatory

    Montgomery Road, Cleethorpes, DN35

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Breckland Astronomical Observatory

    Great Ellingham, Near Attleborough, NR17

    Dark Sky Discovery Site, Observatory

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  • Brian Joynes Observatory

    Austerfield Field Study Centre, Doncaster, DN10 6RG

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Brough Observatory

    Prescott Avenue, Brough, HU15 1BB

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Bruce Observatory – Whitby School

    Prospect Hill, Whitby, YO21 1LA

    Observatory

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  • Cambridge Observatory – Institute of Astronomy

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB3 0HA

    Observatory

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  • Caradon Observatory

    Upton Cross, Liskeard, PL14 5BQ

    Observatory

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  • Charterhouse Outdoor Activity Centre & Observatory

    Charterhouse-on-Mendip, Blagon, BS40 7XR

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • Chesterfield Barnett Observatory

    Hastings Close, Chesterfield, S41 8RH, East Midlands

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Clanfield Observatory

    Hinton Heights, Clanfield, Hampshire, PO8

    Astronomical Society, Observatory

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  • Coats Observatory

    Paisley Museum, Paisley, PA1 2BA

    Observatory

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  • Cody Observatory

    Radar Road, Farnborough, GU14 6XA

    Observatory, Private Venue

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  • COSMOS Observatory

    Signal Row, St Martins, TR25 0QN, South West

    Observatory

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