West Norfolk is one of the incredibly lucky places in the UK to be ideal for star gazing, with it’s wide-open skies, natural landscape and tranquillity.
Hunstanton Observatory provides a venue for observation of the night sky using telescopes and binoculars, and for astrophotography, the practice of photographing objects in the night sky. The Observatory will also provide a venue for other night-time activities such as nocturnal wildlife observation, as well as daytime activities such as solar astronomy (observing and photographing the Sun), wildlife watching, educational events and classes, and environmental awareness events.
The astronomical observatory building itself features a rolling roof, whereby the entire roof of
the building is able to be rolled away to reveal the stunning open skies above. The observatory also includes a visitor interpretation panel, two bicycle stands, and associated landscaping.
The Observatory has been designed to assimilate into its surrounding context, stylistically reflecting the nearby beach huts of Old Hunstanton beach. The Observatory helps to bring people together and encourage interaction between local people and tourists alike, providing opportunities for education and a general-purpose facility for the local community.
The site is easily accessible by bus from either the Lighthouse Close bus stop or the Post Office bus stop on Old Hunstanton Road and perfect to access via bicycle, with racks provided.