What is Kielder Observatory?
Kielder Observatory is a Science Venue in Northumberland that Eric Knows makes easy to find.
The venue is in a dark skies area and hosts events allowing the public to learn about the science of astronomy. Also, the observatory resides in the beautiful Northumberland forest for minimum light pollution, making celestial objects as visible as possible.
The observatory is open on an event-by-event basis, visitors book whichever event they wish to attend and show up then. For instance, these events range from explaining universal theories to late night events wholly dedicated to observing celestial objects. Using the telescopes are the priority of all events! Kielder Observatory’s website has details on the events are and how to book them.
Furthermore, during the 3-hour sessions, Kielder Observatory provides a hot drink (either hot chocolate, tea or coffee) to visitors included in the ticket price to keep everyone warm! Moreover, there is a small shop selling astronomically-themed sweets as well as mugs and hats.
As for accessibility, Kielder Observatory has made efforts to make their venue as accessible as they can despite its primarily scientific purpose. For example, almost the entire site is level and there is an accessible toilet and parking spaces. Furthermore, the observatory also allows guide and assistance dogs onto the site. Their access statement has details on all these features for visitors to look over prior to their visit.
Their website also has a 360° virtual tour, why not take a look at their accessibility arrangements? Click here to take a peek!
How to get there
Kielder Observatory, being in the remote Northumberland forest, is easiest to access via car. Further, the nearest postcode is NE48 1EJ, but since the observatory has no postcode itself, it is rather difficult to find using Sat Navs. However, the observatory is clearly signposted on the main C200 road. Also worth mentioning, the access track going to the observatory is only opened 30 minutes before events start.
Kielder Observatory’s website has further details on getting there, including a program that provides customised driving directions from your postcode.