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The Observatory is located on the main campus (campus map).
Telephone: +44 (0)1782 734086 / 733331
Coordinates: 53.0043 degrees North, 2.2673 degrees West.
How to find us
Keele campus - for directions to Keele University using public or private transport. Once you've entered the campus (through either the main front, or back entrance) you will find a layby on your left to view a campus map.
We are accessible via the turn off the inner campus ring road (Keele Hall Road, look out for a sign saying "access road 16"), and then a single lane branching off that one on the left handside, going up (the sign "Observatory Walk" is only visible once you're on it). Alternatively, the footpath from the back of Home Farm / the sustainability hub continues up the hill to the Observatory for another hundred yards.
PARKING: free after 6pm and on weekends. Please park on the car park A2 between Home Farm and the Observatory which can be reached by driving around the back of innovation centre "Med IC4".
On week days, use the pay and display car parks (please consult the campus map).
People with reduced mobility may drive up and park at the Observatory itself after obtaining permission from Observatory staff.
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The observatory is open every Tuesday evening, 8-10pm, free entry. If the weather permits you will be offered breathtaking views of celestial objects through the ancient 31cm refractor. If the weather does not cooperate we will still be happy to show you around and have a chat. Note that during the period from April to September it may not be dark enough for viewing (though you might be able to watch the Sun if it is still high enough in the sky).
We are also open on Saturday afternoons, 1-3pm. If the weather permits, we offer you views of the Sun using special equipment. We also offer "telescope surgeries", to help you use, repair or buy your telescope - please contact us in advance for this.
- For a list of events at Keele Observatory see What's On.
Groups - including schools - wishing to visit the observatory should contact Keele Observatory directly. We would ask for a small donation to help us continue to offer such opportunities.