Northumberland National Park is out of this world for stargazing and astronomy. We officially have the darkest skies in England. Here, on a clear night, you can see millions of stars, the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away) with the naked eye. Every night, there is something different to see, from meteor showers to the Northern lights.
International Dark Sky Park
Northumberland Dark Sky Park is the largest area of protected night sky in Europe. It includes the whole of Northumberland National Park and 67% of Kielder Water and Forest Park, totally 572 square miles or nearly 15,000 square kilometres. The International Dark Skies Association (IDA) has given us Gold Tier status, its very highest level of award.
Because of the unpopulated nature of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, if you travel to any place away from street lights, you will be amazed by the number of stars you see on a clear night. Please remember to be courteous to others living in the area, especially late at night when people may be asleep nearby.
Dark Sky Discovery Sites
Some specific places have been designated because of parking and facilities such as toilets and nearby pubs. Take a look at the full list of Dark Sky Discovery Sites or check out the interactive map below.
Read our Lighting Guide for residents and those seeking permission to develop within the Northumberland
International Dark Sky Park.