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Built when York was the centre of world Astronomy

Sited on the main footpath through Museum Gardens, the Observatory was built in 1832/3. It now... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
MedEngland
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England
Closed again

Been to York on numerous times and never catch this place open. Such a shame as both myself and... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2015
Warhol40
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Brotton, United Kingdom
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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.
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Museum Gardens Museum Street, York YO1 7FR, England
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

I am never lost for words, but this succeeded. It was fascinating, amazing and seeing the telescope was Hugh and just... awe-inspiring.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Vicky D
Reviewed 28 March 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Zagadee
Reviewed 18 August 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MedEngland
Reviewed 10 May 2016

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

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Tim_in_Norton
Reviewed 7 November 2015 via mobile

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!

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Warhol40
Reviewed 31 August 2015

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

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed 1 April 2015

This is a little gem of a place which is both Interesting and informative, tucked away in the Museum Garden's with very restricted opening time's, but well worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank johnhp702
Reviewed 22 March 2015

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

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank Ian P
Reviewed 24 February 2015

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

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 7 November 2014

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

Date of experience: October 2014
Thank Bill H
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