Mills Observatory

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  • City Suburbs

Dundee has the perfect place to see the stars! Mills Observatory boasts a picturesque location and a distinctive 7-metre dome and it’s free to visit.

October till March 2022 – Winter Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 4pm – 10pm; Saturday + Sunday – 12:30pm – 4pm

Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory enjoys a magnificent woodland setting on the summit of Balgay Hill. Watch stars and planets through our telescopes, or admire the scenery with some spectacular treetop vistas across the silvery Tay.

With fascinating space exploration and astronomical displays, planetarium shows and a fully computerised telescope that can detect 30,000 objects in the sky, there’s so much to see, do and learn!

The Observatory’s Shop offers unique gifts for space and astronomy fans, including NASA branded goods, stargazing guides, space themed books and toys for little astronauts. We have a wide range telescopes suitable for beginners through to experienced stargazers; and our staff are on hand to help find the right one for you!

Top Tip: For the best chance to see all that the Mills Observatory has to offer, time your visit for a night with clearer skies.

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  • Mills Observatory
  • Glamis Road
  • Balgay Park
  • Dundee
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