Opening Times

In light of public health concerns, the observatory will remain closed for public open evenings and group visits. 

The observatory does not have a card machine.  Only cash or cheque, please.

Admission to the observatory is from the published opening time.  The complete programme commences 15 minutes later.

Arrivals after programme commencement may miss some of the programme content.

The programme is approximately 2 hours duration and will usually include a short talk, a planetarium presentation and visits to the historic telescopes and Lockyer Technology Centre.

Telescope domes are unheated and suitable clothing should be worn.  Telescope viewing is dependent on clear sky.

The observatory will always be open at the advertised times.  There is no need to pre-book for any published open afternoon or evening.

Our public openings are available as an .ics file to import into calendar applications. If you are using Google Calendar then you can automatically receive updates by clicking the arrow next to Other Calendars, choosing “Add by URL” and pasting the link to the file on this website.

Prices – Adults – £10.00, Children – £5:00, Family ( 2 adults and 2 children) £25:00

During the current closure the following free virtual events have been scheduled. These can be accessed via our YouTube channel.

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23rd Oct20:30A Virtual Planetarium Tour of the Night Sky