Contact Details

Map of keeele in UK Keele Observatory
c/o Jacco van Loon
Lennard-Jones Laboratories
Keele University
ST5 5BG
United Kingdom

e-mail

Telephone: +44 (0)1782 734086 / 733331

Coordinates :  53.0043 degrees North, 2.2673 degrees West.

How to find us

Keele campus - directions to Keele University using public or private transport.

Keele University colour campus map - we are on sector L6, accessible via the track branching off the road in sector J4 (look out for a sign on your left saying "access road 16"), or via the footpath from Home Farm / the sustainability hub in sector L7.

PARKING: free after 6pm and on weekends. Please park either on the large car park E1 (sector J5 on the campus map) or 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" (sector L7 on the campus map).

On week days, use the pay and display car parks (sector L8 or H5 on the campus map).

People with reduced mobility may drive up and park at the observatory itself after obtaining permission from observatory staff.

Getting to the Observatory - a video guide

Public openings

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.

Group visits

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.

Schools may also be interested in the Star Dome an inflatable dome with a planetarium show offered by Keele Astrophysicists. Email for further information.