Visit

The observatory will remain closed for visitors and groups for the time being, at the minimum until summer 2021.


Open Nights: The astronomy group at the School of Physics & Astronomy organises regular open nights at the observatory, typically one in November and in March. The James Gregory Telescope and all other telescopes will be open and in action. If the sky is clear, small telescopes will be installed for visual observations. Talks and posters inform about ongoing research at the School of Physics & Astronomy. The astronomers will be around to answer questions and share news. Keep an eye on this page and the Facebook page (which can be viewed without having a Facebook account) for updates.

Guided tours: We can also arrange specific tours, either during daytime or at night, for school classes, scout groups, amateur astronomers, tourist groups, or students – please get in touch.

Reviews: If you have visited us, please consider a review on Facebook or Tripadvisor.

Weather information: The St Andrews weather camera from FifeWeather is on the roof of the School of Physics & Astronomy and gives useful information on cloud coverage at the observatory at the day of your visit. The weather forecast for St Andrews can provide some indication about the outlook – in addition to the Met Office, we recommend Meteoblue.

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The observatory is located off Buchanan Gardens in St Andrews, surrounded by the University playing fields. This is a few minutes walk from the center of town and easily accessible from the B939 road from St Andrews towards Strathkinness. There are a few parking spaces available directly at the observatory.