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✨Night Visit✨ - The Royal Observatory Edinburgh - Blackford Hill

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  • Royal Observatory

    Blackford Hill
    EH9 3HJ
    Edinburgh (map)

    55.916667 -3.200000

  • We'll meet outside the ROE visitor Centre at 6:45pm for our tour at 7pm
  • Come join me on this 2 hour pre-arranged evening tour of the Royal Observatory

     (ROE) is an astronomical institution. The site is owned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. (STFC) The ROE carries out astronomical research and university teaching; design, project management, and construction of instruments and telescopes for astronomical observatories.  Before it moved to the present site in 1896, the Royal Observatory was located on Calton Hill at what is now known as the City Observatory. (In the Playfair Building) 

    There are two telescope domes which are fairly lightweight structures that rotate on a circular rail to allow the telescopes to point in any direction through a panel that slides open. The copper cladding has a layer of green "patina", that has built up since the domes were built in 1894.  

    The Observatory maintains cameras and telescopes in places as diverse as Australia, Hawaii and the Canary Islands and produces some stunning sky images.


        • Observing The Night SkyTelescope 

        • Dome - Dome Demonstration

        • Light and Lenses

        • All about constellations

        • Meteorite Handling

        • Journey through the Solar System

    Subject to availability we can also view 'The Crawford Collection' of books and manuscripts in the ROE Library (Gifted in 1888 by James Ludovic Lindsay - 26th Earl of Crawford) 


    CAR: Postcode EH9 3HJ

    BUS: From Cameron Toll Shopping Centre: (bus + 20 minute walk)

    3, 8, 24, 29, 31, 33, 37, 37A, and 42. Alight at Cameron Toll Shopping Centre. Walk west (left) on Lady Road. Cross the Craigmillar junction and continue walking on Esslemont Road. Go straight across to West Mains Road. Continue walking until you come to Observatory Road on your left. Go through the red sandstone archway and continue to the top of the hill.

    BUS: From Blackford Avenue: (bus + 10 to 15 minute walk)

    24 (from Princes Street) or 41 (from the Mound (Art Galleries) and alight at Blackford Station. Walk along the second half of Blackford Avenue (away from the City Centre) until you reach the red sandstone archway at the bottom of Observatory Road. Turn right and climb the hill. (Every half hour the 41 continues up the second half of Blackford Avenue to Kings Buildings so you can alight close to the red sandstone arch).

    Entrance Fee: £4 per head (£3 concession) Please pay me in advance to secure your tour as places are limited.  

    Thanks: To Robert Delamere for liaising with the ROE and arranging our visit.

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  • Pat B.

    Hello Everyone - I am with the SRC Group and looking forward to the evening with members of Gentle Jaunts. Hoping for a clear evening. x

    November 5

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