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Royal Observatory of Edinburgh

Door open days


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

Key Information

Architect: W W Robertson

Building Date: 1892-94

Where to find us

  • Blackford Hill
  • Edinburgh
  • EH9 3HJ