We arrange visits from many groups during the year including Astronomy Evening Courses, 6th form colleges, Scouts, Guides, Cubs & Beavers.
We can normally accommodate groups of up to 22 people excluding helpers for youth groups.
Visits for groups are normally arranged on Saturday, Sunday and some Friday evenings when we are not holding lecture meetings at The Royal Russell School. The visits normally start at 19:30 or 20:00.
If you have a small group it may be possible to organise a visit on other evenings.
If you are interested in attending please contact our visit co-ordinator Paul Harper (see our contacts page) or telephone him on 020 8251 9455 (Evenings & Weekends).
Site Etiquette & Safety
The path to the observatory and the surrounding area are not paved, it is strongly recommended that visitors should wear stout waterproof shoes or boots with substantial treads to avoid wet feet or injury.
As you would expect the area around the observatory is not lit so you may find a small torch useful - if you have one red light is far better as it does not destroy night vision, however please do not shine it towards the buildings or any people outside who may be observing.
When you arrive you may find the area quite dark but it takes the human eye up to 20 minutes to adapt to low levels of light. We therefore recommend that you stay in the dark by your car for 10 minutes to allow time for your eyes to adapt to the light levels. You will then find that you will be able to see far more and normally there is sufficient light from either the Moon or the general London light pollution to allow you to walk about safely.