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Celebrating Northumberland's dark skies


Catherine Johns, CEO, Kielder Observatory set out the current situation with the outstanding tourism attraction.

She said: “Kielder Observatory is a remarkable place to visit. Located in the largest Gold Tier protected dark sky in Europe, it is one of the finest places in the world to see the stars.

The “Kielder moment” is very special, the moment that visitors look up at the glittering skies and really see the cosmos, in many cases for the first time. 

We plan to re-open in a way that is as safe as possible, with additional and more frequent cleaning, daily staff health checks and, most importantly, potentially reduced numbers, at least for the short-term. We host events to suit everyone: family events to entertain your young explorers, relaxed events for people with different abilities, introductory events, the legends behind the constellations, and events focusing on phenomena such as the Aurora, our Moon, dark matter and exoplanets.

Come and find your infinite inspiration!