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York Observatory

Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 629745
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Built when York was the centre of world Astronomy

Sited on the main footpath through Museum Gardens, the Observatory was built in 1832/3. It now... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
44 years and never knew it existed!

I've been passing through the Museum Gardens for 44 years on and off. Not being from York I never... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
Otley, United Kingdom
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Built in 1831-33, this observatory has been used for more than 150 years and contains the 1850 Thomas Cooke telescope along with interesting exhibits chronicling the development of scientific instruments.
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Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
+44 1904 629745
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Sited on the main footpath through Museum Gardens, the Observatory was built in 1832/3. It now houses the 4inch Refractor Telescope built in 1850 by York-man Thomas Cooke, which was installed in 1981 after restoration. Also on display is an 1811 clock which tells the...More

Thank MedEngland
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

I've been passing through the Museum Gardens for 44 years on and off. Not being from York I never knew what this building was. Today while walking through with my husband and mum, the door was open. I peered in and was greeted by a...More

Reviewed 10 May 2016

Just happened to be passing and it was open with plenty of volunteers who welcomed us in and explained the passing of Mercury over the sun, which was brilliantly visable due to the perfect weather today. The observatory is obviously small but well worth a...More

Thank Tim_in_Norton
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

Been to York on numerous times and never catch this place open. Such a shame as both myself and father are interested in visiting. Will continue to try and catch this place open on my next return to York. Fingers Crossed!

Thank Warhol40
Reviewed 30 August 2015

We happened to be walking through York's Museum Gardens on a day when the observatory was open (it's only open from 11.30 to 2.30 on Thursdays and Saturdays). Although the observatory is tiny, it had a fair amount of information about the history of the...More

1  Thank mikeedeedee
Reviewed 1 April 2015

This is a little gem of a place which is both Interesting and informative, tucked away in the Museum Garden's with very restricted opening time's, but well worth a visit.

Thank johnhp702
Reviewed 22 March 2015

This observatory, the oldest working one on Yorkshire, was built in 1832 /33. It is situated within the museum gardens in York. We have visited it twice, once to view the moon, cloudy night so not so good. More recently we heard it would open...More

2  Thank Ian P
Reviewed 23 February 2015

A real gem in the centre of York's Museum Gardens. We were lucky to be passing during the few hours each week that it is open to the public. Manned entirely by volunteers whose enthusiasm really made our visit a treat. The tiny building houses...More

1  Thank cabbie37
Reviewed 7 November 2014

This is one of those places that you wouldn't go to York specifically to visit as it's extremely small and is only open at very restricted times. They pack a lot in, both in terms of items and information, there is something about the instruments...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 28 June 2014 via mobile

Though only limited opening hours on certain days, The volunteers very well explained the history of the observatory. Free entrance and nice to spend half An hour to an hour.

2  Thank verho020
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