Came top out of 19 UK dark sky sites

If, like us, you spotted the northern lights recently and you’ve now got the bug for dark skies and stargazing, then you’re in luck, as Northumberland National Park has been named the best spot in the UK to enjoy pristine night skies. 

Photography retailer Jessops assessed Britain’s 19 dark sky sites (where measures are in place to reduce light pollution) to identify the best locations. Jessops analysed the UK’s dark sky parks, reserves, and islands, before ranking the top 10 locations based on the number of stargazing events, viewing locations across the region and accommodation. 

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park secured the top position, which is fitting considering it just celebrated its 10th anniversary last December. 

This location boasts 20 observation points and plenty of stargazing-friendly accommodation.

Northumberland National Park and most of Kielder Water & Forest Park was awarded ‘International Dark Sky Park (Gold Tier)’ status in 2013 by Dark Sky International. The park stretches for 572 square miles in total, and 96% of it enjoys very low levels of light pollution, according to Go Stargazing.