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Royal Observatory Edinburgh

Door open days

28 September 2019 (10:00 - 17:00)

29 September 2019 (10:00 - 17:00)


The Royal Observatory Edinburgh combines state-of-the-art high-tech facilities and original Victorian observatory buildings in a beautiful hilltop site overlooking the city. Instruments for some of the world?s best telescopes are designed and built on-site. Catch talks, demonstrations and exhibits and go behind the scenes at one of the UK?s leading scientific establishments. Discover how˜the Observatory˜contributes to astronomy at every stage in the process from designing a new telescope to using and storing the data produced.˜˜

Key Information

Take a behind the scenes look at our laboratories and research areas. Visitors will have the chance to view our Victorian telescope dome, meet astronomers and engineers to discuss their work, handle real meteorites, see historical objects and prototypes for 21st century space missions both large and small. Have a go at spotting sun-spots and use our small telescopes to survey the City of Edinburgh and Arthur?s seat (weather permitting). No booking required.


Where to find us

  • Blackford Hill
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3HJ