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York Observatory
Museum Gardens
Museum Street

North Yorkshire

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Every Saturday 11.30am - 2.30pm
Come and gaze upon the stars in what is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire.

The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness.

Free entry.


Months Open: Dec - Feb, 18.00 - 20.00, by appointment and special occasions ring for details.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Admission Price: Free

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