Star gaze in Northumberland’s Dark Sky Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland

Home to some of Europe’s darkest night skies, Northumberland has truly spectacular galaxy gazing from atmospheric locations and ancient Roman sites.

At 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres) Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Clear views of the firmament make for a romantic, exciting and educational night’s exploration of the stars and galaxies above us.

If you’ve been exploring Northumberland’s Roman heritage during the day, head to the Dark Skies Discovery Site at Cawfields when night falls to study the same constellations that the Romans would have looked up at. The Kielder Observatory - high upon Black Fell - is another fantastic astronomical facility which holds numerous events around the year where you can peer through one of the telescopes and discuss the stars with resident astronomers.

Located in the centre of Hadrian’s Wall near Haltwhistle, Cawfields Quarry picnic spot has some of the darkest skies in England. Bring your own telescope or join a stargazing event with Newcastle Astronomical Society. Sleep in a tent, tipi or wigwam at nearby Herding Hill Farm, and continue to gaze in awe at the nighttime splendour.

Cawfields is 38 miles (61km) from Newcastle, which is 2 hours 50 minutes north of London by train.

Content provided by Visit Northumberland

Read more Close

Refine your search:

Cawfields at nightCawfields at night. © Northumberland International Dark Sky Park | Visit Northumberland
Children stargazing at Cawfields.Children stargazing at Cawfields © A King
Hadrian's Wall, Cawfields.Hadrian's Wall, Cawfields © Northumberland National Park

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account