Of course this has to be the Kielder Observatory; where else? Nestled in the Northumberland hills lies this stargazer’s retreat, with thousands flocking to visit the largest expanse of protected dark skies in Europe.
Isle of Sark
The world’s first dark sky island. With no street lights these skies are completely dark, and as the island is in the channel, in late summer or autumn you will get a superb glimpse of the galactic center.
Galloway Forest Park
Just over the border form Kielder Observatory, this dark sky park offers great views of the northern skies.
The Lake District
With its huge expanses of unspoilt countryside, a spot can be found anywhere in this region. Minimal light pollution ensures a great view of the night sky, with glimpses of meteors and planets as well as stars.
Exmoor National Park
In 2011 it was granted dark sky reserve status, so again a good southern spot for stargazing.
Around Cromer the skies are very dry and normally very clear. From here I used to travel to the Starcamps organised by Norwich astronomical society.
Washington Wetlands Centre
Here you will find the Cygnus observatory where the Sunderland astronomical society operates. They are without doubt the finest group of amateur astronomers out there, so go visit them!
Around the Powys region is the best as it has one of the lowest readings of light pollution levels in the UK.
North Yorkshire Moors
Scarborough and Rydale astronomical society run the equinox star camp from Dalby forest in the spring and autumn; it’s a vast forest and very dark.
Famed for its churches and villages, this region has great dark skies and is not too far a commute. It’s a definite choice for stargazing for me.