Stargazing

Stargazing

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The best places in the world to stargaze

If you’ve spent your life looking up at the night’s sky from busy urban areas, be prepared for a surprise! Seeing the twinkly star-studded sky across the vast landscape of National Parks is a real spectacle that you won’t forget in a hurry.

With less light pollution that the rest of the UK, National Parks are an astronomers’ delight and offer a wealth of stargazing opportunities for all.

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Beginner’s guide to stargazing

Never stargazed before? Here are some top tips to get you started and enjoy an astronomically amazing adventure!

Check the phase of the moon to plan your trip – stargazing is best before a full moon.


Take a blanket or mat to lie on and wrap up warm – it can get cold under a dark sky! Take some snacks and a hot drink


Allow time for your eyes to adjust – this takes around 20 minutes so turn off any lights, torches and put your mobile phone away


Come to one of our Dark Skies Festivals – they are a great starting point and will inspire you!


You’ll see lots with the naked eye, but as you progress, invest in a telescope that will give you years and years of enjoyment.


Happy star hunting!


Did you know?

From a town or city centre you might see 100 stars with the naked eye. From a National Park you can often see over 1,000 stars – and even see the Milky Way galaxy stretching across the sky.

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The winter provides plenty of long night and is a great time to go stargazing. There's no place better than a National Park.
North York Moors
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North York Moors

Discover the panoramic views of North York Moors National Parks Dark Skies.

Snowdonia
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Snowdonia

Snowdonia was designated an International Dark Sky Reserve in 2015.

Brecon Beacons
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Brecon Beacons

On a clear night in the Brecon Beacons, you can see the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and even meteor showers.

Northumberland
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Northumberland

Home to England’s first International Dark Sky Park. Just one of Northumberland's many dark sky sites where you can see millions of stars, far away from light pollution.

South Downs
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South Downs

One of only 18 International Dark Skies Reserves, the South Downs is one of the best places to stargaze in the UK.

Exmoor
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Exmoor

Home to Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Exmoor Dark Skies are ideal to discover stargazing.

Yorkshire Dales
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Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has been designated International Dark Sky Reserves, joining an exclusive global family of Dark Sky Places.

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