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Where stargazers can get the best views

Dark Sky Discovery Sites

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See the stars shining bright in Northumberland skies

Stonehaugh Sky Pavilion.

The Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion.

Stonehaugh Stargazing Pavilion

Students at Newcastle University’s School of Architecture worked with Kielder Art & Architecture and the Stonehaugh village community to design and build a new pavilion for stargazers and nature watchers.

Initiated as part of Kielder Art & Architecture’s Testing Ground programme, the students worked with the community from autumn 2012, first presenting their recycling project ‘Superuse’, and subsequently developing designs for a stargazer’s pavilion to be the focus for Stonehaugh’s Dark Sky Discovery Site.

The project was finished in late May 2014 and officially launched on July 9th.


There are lots of great places to enjoy the night sky in the Northumberland National Park. Some of these place have been designated as ‘Dark Sky Discovery Sites‘ because they are especially dark.

Dark Sky Discovery Sites are places that:

  • are away from the worst of any local light pollution
  • provide good sightlines of the sky
  • have good public access, including firm ground for wheelchairs. The sites are generally freely accessible at all times – please check the links for any special access arrangements.

These sites are easy to find; some of them have star maps in place to help you to find key stars and constellations. A number of them have 24-hour toilets and there are places to eat and stay close to most of them.

Several of Discovery Sites are also  used to host public events throughout the year. The sky you see from each place is the same, but each site is different.

Getting There

For details of how to get to these locations, check the corresponding pages in Where to Go or click on the links in What’s Nearby on this page.

  • Northumberland Dark Sky Park covers 1475 square kilometres and to ensure we minimise light pollution and retain Northumberland's rural character a Lighting Management Plan (LMP) has been produced.
  • This has been endorsed by the park's two planning authorities – Northumberland National Park Authority and Northumberland County Council.
  • The plan can be found within the planning section of this website. To access it, click About at the top of the page.
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Planning in the National Park

Northumberland National Park Authority is the statutory Planning Authority for the area of the Northumberland National Park. View our planning pages here.

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