Visit Bayfordbury Observatory

Open evenings and group visits

School groupBayfordbury Observatory gives the opportunity for private groups, schools, Brownies/Scouts and the general public to visit us and learn more about the universe and the work taking place here.

Browse the pages below to find out more:

Official ESO outreach partner organisation

Outreach Partner Organisation logoBayfordbury Observatory is an official ESO (European Space Organization) outreach partner organisation.


Dark Sky Discovery partner

dark sky discovery logoThe University of Hertfordshire is the lead partner for the Dark Sky Discovery project in the East of England.


Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy

Goonhilly logoThe University of Hertfordshire is part of the Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy, to refurbish the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station for radio astronomy and public outreach.

Work experience

The Observatory offers a very limited number of work experience placements each year. We welcome applications from students studying physics at GCSE or A level.

In the first instance you should forward a CV to Mark Gallaway, this should be done between the 10 January and 10 February each year. Applications outside of this time period may not be considered.

Please note that the Observatory is not accessible via public transport and that work hours may be unsociable.

Risk Assessment for visitors to Bayfordbury

Download our visitor risk assessment form.

What our
visitors say

What ourvisitors say

I always find the event very informative but last night was the best night so far for observing with the optical telescopes. Thanks to everyone involved for making my evening very enjoyable.

-One of our visitors,