Welcome to the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre website.

Opened in 1894, the Royal Observatory Edinburgh is a unique place which combines historic buildings and collections with cutting-edge science and technology. The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre runs a variety of programmes and events on site at the Royal Observatory and throughout Scotland to provide access to the Observatory and share its work with members of the public, community groups, and schools.

Individuals and groups of up to 10 people can book in for a range of public events, including Public Astronomy Evenings, our Astronomy Talk series. You can also visit during our annual Doors Open Days Weekend in September.

Groups of 10 or more can book a bespoke visit to the Observatory by arrangement. We welcome visits by Uniformed Groups, and can help with achieving space-themed badges. Check our group visits page to see what’s involved and browse the activities on offer for groups.

We also provide support for primary schools and for secondary schools, including on-site visits, visits to your school, classroom resources and professional development programmes. All of these use space as an inspiring context for teaching and learning, and link to the Curriculum for Excellence.

Please note: the Royal Observatory is a busy workplace, and we are unable to accommodate drop-in visits of any kind. Pre-booking is essential.