Visitor Information

The two main ways of visiting the Observatory are:

1) on an Open Evening (see our opening times and directions).

2) as a member of a special Group.

Either way there is a basic program for each visit, which will include a visit to the planetarium and a visit to see the historic telescopes. If you join us for a themed evening or as a member of a group there will also be an introductory talk.

To join us for an open evening there is no need to book, just check the weather and the theme and arrive about 15 minutes before the start time. (for location see the finding us page)

For a group visit we can deal with groups of 25 to 60 for night-time visits and 25 to 120 during the day. Visits can begin as early as 10 am and end as late as 10 pm. Clearly there is no sure way of knowing in advance whether it will be possible to see through the telescopes on the night in question. However images of the current NLO members can be viewed in the main foyer and in the domes.

For special visits either by groups or schools/colleges please contact the booking secretary on enquiries@normanlockyer.org or phone no: 01395 579941 and leave a message.

A visit takes roughly 2 hours, but could be longer on a clear night if the telescopes are in use. Please remember the tours at night will be moving around the grounds and it may be cold, so bring appropriate clothing.

Admission charges from 1 Jan 2016:

Adults £ 8.00 (no concessions)
Children up to 18 £ 4.00
Family (2 adults, 2 children) £20:00.

The NLO does not have a card machine, so all payments need to be by cash or cheque.