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Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory

Wark NE483LS, England
+44 1434 230209
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Perfect evening

For a long time I have wanted to do star gazing and it really didn’t disappoint. Chris was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
sasi7
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newcastle
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A superb experience for newcomers and veteran stargazers alike.

Just back from a wonderful evening at the observatory. I can’t thank the staff Chris and Martin... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2018
thesidsmith
,
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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The Battlesteads Dark Sky Observatory, is an accessible, public astronomical observatory offering talks, activities, drop in sessions, stargazing and Astro courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional. Under very dark skies the observatory offers the perfect compromise between the beautiful majesty of dark skies and the facilities offered by a Countryside village location
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“milky way” (8 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Wark NE483LS, England
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+44 1434 230209
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"aurora hunting"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For a long time I have wanted to do star gazing and it really didn’t disappoint. Chris was knowledgeable and it was a clear night so we got to see so much. There was so much information I want to do it again so I...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Just back from a wonderful evening at the observatory. I can’t thank the staff Chris and Martin enough for the way they carefully explained what we were seeing in the night sky. Their enthusiasm and knowledge were key to getting the most out of the...More

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We booked the Observatory through Battlesteads Hotel as the highlight of a family birthday weekend. It was a very cold night and a bit cloudy but the astronomer, Chris, did a wonderful job in keeping us warm inside when needed and whipping us out of...More

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Reviewed 2 February 2018 via mobile

Super moon and a super night. Visited the observatory on an evening that was advertised as “ getting to know your telescope “ . The majority of guests came without telescopes and a very knowledgeable Chris was not in any way phased and customised the...More

Thank Diane P
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a great evening at the observatory. Blessed with clear skies after a week of rain and gloom there was plenty to see, giving you a tantalising glimpse into the wider universe around us. The staff are both friendly and knowledgeable, with a real...More

Thank Tim H
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

Excellent evening. Cold and slightly cloudy but able to see amazing sights through large telescope and binoculars. Although having seen the moons crators on tv etc to see them personally thr' the telescope was very special. Free hot drinks available at any time within the...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

It's always difficult to pick a night for an observatory visit well we seemed to be mostly lucky but that didn't detract from the enjoyment. The observatory is just about big enough for the 20 seats but not big enough to hold the vast wealth...More

Thank Richard R
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

We started the evening with dinner at the Battlesteads Hotel. As part of the deal, the Aurora Hunting experience was also included. The sky was initially very cloudy, but with patience and as the talk went on, we saw some spectacular sights. Luckily, the guide...More

Thank RosieN212
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely couple of hours here. We ate at the hotel restaurant before hand and then walked here which is just behind the hotel. All the staff had good knowledge about astronomy and we got to use binoculars as well as the telescope! We...More

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We visited the observatory at Battlesteads hotel and were really impressed by the professional and interesting presentation on Auroras and other general astronomical events. Roy was very enthusiastic about the subject and made the evening very entertaining and informative.We were encouraged to view the stars...More

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songbird6
23 February 2018|
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Response from davestripe | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is - in the garden behind the restaurant.
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You won't have a problem but let them know you'll be late. However if you are coming to one of the very specialist sessions - say on astrophotography - and are a complete newbie, I wouldn't recommend coming late. But for a... More
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Response from Harry C | Reviewed this property |
unfortunately you take that chance although the area and building is small there is something of interest and very knowledgeable and friendly staff available, the night we, as a group, visited, our coach was due to leave at... More
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