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Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observator. Photographer Charles Barclay.






Dark skies. Long horizons. Other worlds. All await you at the striking building that is Kielder Observatory.

Kielder Observatory, designed by Charles Barclay Architects, is Kielder's most recent art and architecture project. Developed to provide a permanent base for the astronomers already taking advantage of Kielder's lack of light pollution, the Observatory is a striking example of functional contemporary architecture in a unique and breathtaking setting. Using power derived from wind and solar energy and built using timber from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified sources, Kielder Observatory is an astronomical facility fit for the twenty-first century.

Star trails over Kielder Forest. Forestry Commission use only in relation to KielderEvents run all year and include viewing evenings where planets, moons, stars, meteors and satellites can all be observed. For details of events at the observatory this year, contact Bellingham Tourist Information on 01434 220616 or visit for more information.

Access to the observatory by vehicle is strictly for those participating in one of the organised events. Other visitors can view the observatory by parking in a small car park off the C200 (one mile from Kielder Castle) and walking the remaining distance (approximately one and a half miles) on a forest road.

Last updated: 21st December 2017

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.