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Shining stars, spinning planets, glowing gas clouds

and galaxies lighting up the universe

What's On Book

Welcome to Grassholme Observatory

With truly dark skies and picturesque views over Teesdale’s Grassholme reservoir, Northumbrian Water, alongside lead astronomer Gary Fildes, are extremely excited to bring to you a visitor experience that is out of this world!

Our observatory, based within the north east’s beautiful County Durham countryside, offers you the opportunity to gaze into the vastness and beauty of the universe. Astronomy is something all of us at some point wonder about, so let us guide you to understand the wonders of planets, stars galaxies and beyond at one of our events.

Using high tech instruments and computers in the wonderful observatory and classroom, Gary and his team will take you on a journey that will teach and enthrall, all at the same time.

We welcome you to your universe!

Discover when is the best time to visit Grassholme Observatory

Sometimes because of cloud cover on the day, you may not be able to view the moon or stars through a telescope, should this be the case your host on the event will advise you. Following on from this you will receive a discount code via email providing a 20% discount on a future booking, taken within 2 months of the event.

 

*Depending on the phase of the moon, some dimmer stars may be less visible due to the moonlight. During these times, more weighting towards moon observations may occur.
*All images shown on this website depicting the night sky have been taking at Grassholme Observatory or reservoir unless stated.
Gift vouchers are available through our booking system.

What’s On

At Grassholme Observatory

Check out our classroom and observatory before you visit!

Click on the highlighted areas to move around and explore.

Useful Information

Here are some links to contact us with your queries.

WHERE TO FIND US

Near Mickleton Village, Barnard Castle

If coming from the north, take the B6277 from the A67 at Barnard Castle. Continue along the B6277 towards Mickleton. Turn off left at the western end of the village onto West Pasture Road, signposted Grassholme Reservoir. The main car park is roughly a mile up the road on the right.

If coming from the south, take the B6276 from the A66 at Brough. Continue along the B6276 for 10 miles towards Thringarth. Turn right before reaching Thringarth onto Grassholme Lane, near Selset Reservoir. Turn left onto Kelton Lane and the main car park is roughly a mile up the road on the left.

Find us using sat nav:
DL12 0PW

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UK map, showing where Grassholme is

Explore Grassholme reservoir and local area

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