Discover the stars

Whether you’re heading off for a long weekend or a long-haul trip, star-gazing will add an awe-inspiring element to your getaway. Read on to discover locations all over the world where you can experience the night skies at their finest. Simply click below to uncover more details

Battlesteads Observatory

England

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Dark Sky Alqueva

Portugal

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Terra Firma Dark Sky Safaris

Ireland

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Redesdale Arms

England

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Kielder Observatory

England

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Elan Valley

Wales

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Beacon Hill Farm

England

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Trout Point Lodge

Canada

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Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Canada

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Hotel Ranga

Iceland

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Holiday River Expeditions

USA

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Teide By Night

Canary Islands

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!Xaus Lodge

South Africa

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Silver River Stargazing

New Zealand

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Dark Ranger Telescope Tours

USA

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Visit County Durham

England

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Battlesteads Observatory

The only hotel in the UK with an on-site observatory, Battlesteads is the perfect place for a stargazing escape. The award-winning eco-friendly hotel is located on the edge of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, and the observatory has been awarded Designated Dark Sky Discovery status. Battlesteads offers a range of stargazing events for all abilities, all year round, with expert guidance to help you discover the magic of the night skies.

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Dark Sky Alqueva

At Dark Sky Alqueva, on a dark night you can find a pulsating sky filled with stars to the limit of naked eye detection, and on summer evenings, the Milky Way takes centre stage. In the low light pollution levels of Cumeada, the small village that is home to the Official Dark Sky Alqueva Observatory, visitors can learn about and observe the moon, the planets, nebulae, galaxies and stars. The starry skies and landscapes, together with astrophotography lessons, will prepare you to take amazing night sky pictures.

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Terra Firma Dark Sky Safaris

With a Terra Firma Stargazing or Dark Sky Safari Experience, you can reach for the stars and discover your wild side at County Mayo’s Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park. Based in the west of Ireland, the park's ‘Starlight Express’ (16-seater minibus) will transport you from the greenway to the Milky Way. Group packages are available with Gastronomy & Astronomy evening dinner options.

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Redesdale Arms

The Redesdale Arms enjoys a great location within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. It's the perfect base for when visiting Northumberland's many attractions such as Hadrian's Wall, Kielder, Hexham, Cragside, the Scottish Border Country and, just a little further afield, the beautiful Northumberland coastline, with its castles and fabulous beaches – from Alnmouth and Bamburgh to the island of Lindisfarne. At night you can enjoy some the darkest skies in the world, and on a clear night, the skies are truly breathtaking. As a Stay and Gaze destination, binoculars can be provided along with a telescope, star maps and apps to help you navigate the fabulous starry skies.

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Kielder Observatory

An astronomy and stargazing heaven all year round, visit Kielder Observatory in the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe. All main evening events are three hours long and include talks, a full tour of the observatory and, weather permitting, observations through fantastic telescopes. There are also also family events, specialist events and weekend late events. Booking is essential through the official website.

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Elan Valley

Elan Valley is the only privately owned, yet publically accessible, International Dark Sky Park in the world. It achieved Silver Tier status in 2015, covering 72 square miles of stunning Welsh landscape, which incorporates six Victorian dams and reservoirs. Dark Sky and astronomy event schedules, maps and further information can be found at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre or Penbont House Tearooms.

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Beacon Hill Farm

Situated near the Dark Sky Park, Beacon Hill Farm has its own sliding roof observatory, with a Celestron C8-A XLT (AVX) OTA telescope. The 350-acre estate has cottages and hideaways, a pool and a spa featuring a steam room and laconium, a games room and a Harry Potter woodland trail. The cottages are disabled friendly and mostly 5* Gold Award.

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Trout Point Lodge

Trout Point sits under the darkest skies in North America and with its Stargazing Platform (which is located in a riverside meadow away from the forest to allow for nearly unobstructed 360-degree views of the sky) and advanced telescopic equipment, it offers the ideal conditions to experience the night skies like never before.

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Jasper Dark Sky Festival

As the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world, and the largest accessible one (meaning there’s a town within its limits), Jasper is a magical, mountainous place to experience the night sky. Don’t miss the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival (18-27 October 2019), an ever-growing celebration for all ages, with speakers including Brian Cox, Bill Nye, astronaut Chris Hadfield and more.

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Hotel Ranga

Discover the night sky like you've never seen it before and see the dancing aurora sweep across the heavens over Hotel Rangá, a northern light resort in the south of Iceland. With a state-of- the-art observatory, expert sky guides and a location free of light pollution, Hotel Rangá is the perfect place for a once-in-a-lifetime experience among the stars.

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Holiday River Expeditions

Holiday River Expeditions in partnership with Clark Planetarium, is sharing a new stargazing experience on multi-day whitewater rafting and mountain biking trips. Enjoy the Milky Way on a moonless night and see a blanket of stars in Gold Tier Dark Sky parks. When was the last time you looked up and considered your place in the universe? Book now!

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Teide By Night

Come with us for an unforgettable evening of stargazing in the landscapes of the Teide National Park. Experience a breathtaking sunset as you enjoy complimentary Cava in this amazing landscape which gradually turns different shades of pink, red and purple. After a delicious meal and when landscapes have turned dark, our professional stargazing guides will take you on an unforgettable journey through the stars and let you discover all the secrets of the night sky.

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!Xaus Lodge

At night, you see the universe. You may feel like you have never seen the night sky before when you go stargazing at Xaus Lodge. The Milky Way arcs over you like a giant swathe of smoke that's reminiscent of the Bushman version of its origins – the story goes that a girl from an ancient race threw the cinders from a fire into the sky to light hunters’ paths home. The Southern Cross, Carina and Centaurus are prominent all through the year, and hundreds of other stars and constellations virtually leap out of the blackness.

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Silver River Stargazing

Silver River stargazing experiences are held outdoors on The Cairns Golf Course in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, which is inside the gold-rated Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. With 360-degree views of the sky and no light pollution, you can enjoy an epic view of the amazing night sky. Silver River tours were developed to ensure that your adventure is comfortable, exciting and affordable regardless of your budget.

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Dark Ranger Telescope Tours

See the wonderous universe through Dark Ranger Observatory’s BIG telescopes. Here, adjacent to Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, summer and winter the Milky Way extends from horizon to horizon. Enjoy live presentations about astronomy, space exploration and night-sky preservation. Learn constellation stories during laser tours. Nightly attendance is capped at 42 for a premium experience. Private tours, astrophotography workshops and telescope rentals are also available.

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Visit County Durham

Stunning open moorland, dramatic upland dales and views that stretch for miles make Durham the ideal destination for a stargazing break. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO Global Geopark is the darkest mainland AONB in the country, and home to 12 Dark Sky Discovery Sites – more than any other part of the UK.

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