Stargazing at the University of St Andrews Observatory

Discover the wonders of the universe at the University of St Andrews Observatory! Whether you want to book a guided tour, spend an evening stargazing, or just take a look around, this is a must visit for an amateur astronomers. Open nights for star gazing are regularly run by the student organised astronomy group with smaller telescopes for guests to observe the night sky will also be provided if the sky is clear. Specialist guided tours are also available by request day or night for educational or sightseeing groups.

Where is the St Andrews University Observatory?

The observatory is located a few minutes walk from the centre of town just off off Buchanan Gardens and easily accessible from the B939 road from St Andrews towards Strathkinness. There are a few parking spaces available directly at the observatory.

Home of the James Gregory Telescope, the observatory project was started up in 1940, bringing astronomy back to St Andrews after hundreds of years. Now, as the outpost of astronomy group of the School of Physics & Astronomy in St Andrews, the observatory is responsible for capturing amazing images of outer space and sharing the love of the cosmos with others through their outreach program.

  • Currently closed but will reopen in 2022
  • Check for advice on what nights will be best for stargazing
  • Check their facebook for updates on events and tours
  • Limited parking spaces but some are available next to the observatory

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