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Built in 1831-33, this observatory has been used for more than 150 years and contains the 1850 Thomas Cooke telescope along with interesting exhibits chronicling the development of scientific instruments.
I was on a training course in York and had gone to the museum gardens to eat my lunch when I came across the observatory almost hidden away. It's a great little building that's full of history and information about York's role in astronomy. The...More
Sited on the main footpath through Museum Gardens, the Observatory was built in 1832/3. It now houses the 4inch Refractor Telescope built in 1850 by York-man Thomas Cooke, which was installed in 1981 after restoration. Also on display is an 1811 clock which tells the...More
Just happened to be passing and it was open with plenty of volunteers who welcomed us in and explained the passing of Mercury over the sun, which was brilliantly visable due to the perfect weather today.
The observatory is obviously small but well worth a...More
Been to York on numerous times and never catch this place open.
Such a shame as both myself and father are interested in visiting. Will continue to try and catch this place open on my next return to York. Fingers Crossed!
We happened to be walking through York's Museum Gardens on a day when the observatory was open (it's only open from 11.30 to 2.30 on Thursdays and Saturdays). Although the observatory is tiny, it had a fair amount of information about the history of the...More
This observatory, the oldest working one on Yorkshire, was built in 1832 /33. It is situated within the museum gardens in York. We have visited it twice, once to view the moon, cloudy night so not so good. More recently we heard it would open...More
A real gem in the centre of York's Museum Gardens. We were lucky to be passing during the few hours each week that it is open to the public. Manned entirely by volunteers whose enthusiasm really made our visit a treat.
The tiny building houses...More
This is one of those places that you wouldn't go to York specifically to visit as it's extremely small and is only open at very restricted times. They pack a lot in, both in terms of items and information, there is something about the instruments...More