Visitor Centre

Welcome to the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre website.

We welcome public and school bookings.

Individuals and groups of up to 10 people can book in for one of our Public Astronomy Evenings, which are held each Friday evening over the winter months and monthly throughout the summer.

Groups of 10 or more can book a bespoke visit to the Observatory by arrangement. Check our Group Visits page to see what’s involved and browse the activities on offer for groups.

Our weekly Astronomy Talks are held on Monday evenings and cover a wide range of intriguing topics related to astronomy research, technology and history. The 2017/18 programme starts on 30th October 2017.

We also take bookings for visits from and to primary and secondary schools, and run training courses for teachers.

NOTICE: We are unable to accept drop in visits from groups or members of the public. Pre-booked visits only.

From October 2016 through March 2017, our work with pupils will be limited to primary schools taking part in the Tim Peake Primary Project.