Visit Bayfordbury Observatory
Open evenings and group visits
Bayfordbury 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:
Booking a visit
Open evening dates will be announced in October. To request a private group visit, please click a free date in our calendar.
Official ESO outreach partner organisation
Bayfordbury Observatory is an official ESO (European Space Organization) outreach partner organisation.
Dark Sky Discovery partner
The University of Hertfordshire is the lead partner for the Dark Sky Discovery project in the East of England.
Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy
The 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.
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.