The Astronomy Centre
"Dedicated to the furtherance of Amateur Astronomy"
The Astronomy Centre is a major resource for both amateur astronomers and the general public. Based above Todmorden in the North West of England, we have facilities and on-site equipment for both members and visitors.
The site offers a good compromise providing a reasonably dark site, while remaining close to the major conurbations of Manchester and Leeds. Approximately 8·1 million people (13% of the UK population) are able to reach the Astronomy Centre with less than a 60 minute drive.
The Observatory is open to the public every Saturday afternoon from 3pm till 6pm (in summer) and from 7.30pm till late all year round. Visitors are advised to wrap up warmly, with sensible footwear, as the site can get very cold at any time of year. There is a no charge for visitors, but a small donation would be appreciated as a guide could we suggest £2 per person (£1 for children and concessions), though further donations are always welcome! Group visits can also be made at other times by arrangement.
Please park on the lower plateau, next to the caravans. Access for unloading of telescopes etc. and disabled parking is available at the highest point of the site, next to the main dome. Further details are on our Location Information Page.
Individual membership of the Centre is £15 per year (29p per week), which allows full access to the Web Site, including the discussion forums, full-resolution images from the 'scope cameras etc. See the Membership Page for more details.
The pictures above show an aerial view of the main observatory, beside images of the Moon, M42 in Orion and one of the Meade 16" telescopes. For scale, the main dome is about 8.5m (28ft) in diameter.