The Norman Lockyer Observatory

Now owned by the East Devon District Council, the Observatory is maintained and operated by the Norman Lockyer Observatory Society. The public purpose of the NLOS is to keep the Observatory open and the historic instruments in use, and to promote interest in science in general and astronomy and radio in particular. It does so without any external funding.

The two main ways of visiting the Observatory are:

  • on a scheduled Public Opening, or
  • as part of a Booked Group

Whichever way is chosen the scope of the visit and the cost are the same, but if you are intent on seeing through the telescopes, it is better to opt for a Public Opening on a clear night.

There will always be a planetarium show (and it is worth arriving early so as not to miss this) and a tour of the domes and their historic telescopes. In addition there may be a talk in the lecture theatre and a demonstration of the Met station (satellite images and automatic weather recording) or radio room. There are interesting displays in the Exhibition Area.

A visit takes roughly 2 hours, but could be longer on a clear night if the telescopes are in use.

Admission charges:

Adults 5.00 (no concessions), children and full-time students 2.50.