Kielder Observatory is an astronomical observatory located in Kielder Forest, Northumberland, England. It is situated high upon Black Fell overlooking Kielder Water near the Scottish border, and half a mile up a forest track from James Turrell's Kielder Skyspace. The site was chosen due to its pristine night skies in a location free of light pollution with clear views to all horizons, and is one of the best places in the UK to view the Milky Way.
Open 7 days per week the primary function of the observatory is outreach. It plays host to numerous public events all which are accessible to all members of the public no matter their experience or prior knowledge.
Visiting the observatory is where the adventure really begins. After your drive through some of the most spectacular countryside in the whole of the UK, you arrive at the driveway leading up to our amazing facility. Any visit to Kielder is truly magical, the drive up, along the forest roads within Kielder, which plays host to over 50% of the entire red squirrel population in the UK alone will leave you breathless with excitement.
Wherever you come from, we know you?ll be taken aback by the wondrous countryside, and above all, our amazing dark skies.
Please Note: Whilst we encourage visitors to walk around the outside of the observatory during the daytime, to take in the magnificent views of the surrounding Kielder region, the observatory itself is only open to members of the public who have booked with us via our events page. To book your event ticket, please have a look on our events page https://kielderobservatory.org/our-events
Telephone - 0191 265 5510.