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Welcome to the Visitor Centre!

Explore our historic Observatory and Victorian telescope dome. Your one-stop shop for the events and activities happening this weekend and throughout the year.

Follow the link via the calendar icon to book live events happening across the weekend. These events will also be live streamed and available to watch later on the STFC YouTube channel

During our Doors Open Days weekend, we held live events such as planetarium shows, astronomy talks, a tour of the lab, and more! If you want to watch the recordings of any of these events please click on the video playback icon

Talk with us

Twitter: follow us @RoyalObs
Use #ROEOpen

Try something new

Make your own Cloud Catcher!

Help scientists catch clouds from space!

CloudCatcher — Zooniverse


We’d love to see your creations! Share @RoyalObs

What did you think of your virtual visit? Let us know!

Questions? Reach us by email or on Twitter @RoyalObs

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh Visitor Centre

Science, technology and people have combined here to do amazing things for more than 125 years

Science, technology and people have combined at the Royal Observatory to do amazing things for more than 125 years. Learn more about it here!

Our Victorian telescope dome houses the second largest telescope in Scotland. Learn more about telescopes here!

Visitor Centre programmes

The Visitor Centre creates ways for everyone to engage with the Observatory and its work throughout the year

Talks from the 2020/21 series can be watched in full on our Vimeo site

During the pandemic, we have been supporting Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Rainbows to achieve their astronomy-related badges through online sessions. Get in touch if you’d like to know more

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We provide support for primary schools and secondary schools and have produced a number of resources for Home and Blended Learning