How to Book
Learn more about astronomy on a private guided tour of our Observatory building and Astropark
Highlights include a behind the scenes access to the historic Armagh telescopes, including the 1795 Troughton and 1885 Grubb equatorial telescopes, as well as learning about he current science conducted at the Observatory
Or have a private night time viewing through the Grubb 10-inch equatorial telescope, used to compile in 1888 the New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars by the 4th Director of the Observatory, JLE Dreyer, still one of the most important catalogues used by professional astronomers today.
- Tours last approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Private tour guide provided.
- Maximum group size limited to 15 people.
- Tours start and finish at the Armagh Planetarium Visitor's Centre.
- While we make every effort to accommodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the building, the telescopes are accessed by steep narrow stairs.
- The tour includes access to our grounds outside so we recommend suitable footwear.
Telescope viewing through the historic Grubb 10-inch Equatorial
- Viewing sessions last approx. 1.5 – 2 hours.
- Viewing sessions will take place during evenings.
- Maximum group size limited to 10 people.
- While we make every effort to accommodate wheel chair users and others with mobility issues, by virtue of the nature of the historic telescope access is difficult and viewing through the telescope will be restricted.
- We will meet you outside the Observatory building at a time to be arranged, dependent on the season and the celestial events that may be occurring.
Clear skies cannot be guaranteed for telescope viewing; however the session will not be cancelled due to poor weather. In the event of inclement weather other activities, including tours of the Observatory building (including the four historic telescopes), and talks by professional astronomers, will be given.
Tour and telescope viewing times will be arranged with you. However, please note that the Observatory is a working building still used for astronomical research. Times need to be arranged around the availability of staff, as well as around events that may be taking place at the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.
Prices: Observatory Tours
Bronze Tour £200: Private tour of Observatory and grounds which covers up to 15 people.
Silver Tour £300: Private tour of Observatory and grounds with a Digital Theatre show and refreshments at our Planetarium, which covers up to 15 people.
Gold Tour £500: Our Director, Professor Michael Burton, will provide a private tour of the Observatory and grounds, which includes a Digital Theatre show and refreshments at our Planetarium, which covers up to 15 people.