Discover the darkest skies in England

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Northumberland National Park forms part of the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Unveiled in December 2013 and at 572 square miles (1,483 square kilometres) it is also Europe’s largest area of protected night sky. Thanks to its pristine skies it was awarded gold tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association, making it officially the best place in England for people to go to enjoy the heavens.

Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is one of many such parks located across the world. They have been designated by the International Dark Sky Association, the recognised world authority on light pollution.

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. Here you will find more information about the best places to experience our dark skies, the best times of year to star gaze and how to get started with stargazing.

When enjoying the outdoors, please respect other people and protect the environment by following The Countryside Code.

Duncan Wise

Duncan Wise

Visitor Manager, NNPA

We are lucky to have some of the darkest skies in England in the park. We hope our new dark skies events in the National Park will open up the wonder of our skies to people throughout the region and beyond.