Visit Bayfordbury Observatory
Find out about opportunities to visit our site.
Open evenings and group visits
Bayfordbury Observatory gives the opportunity for private groups, schools, Brownies/Scouts and the general public to visit us and learn more about the universe and the work taking place here.
We appreciate that our facility is special, and open our doors to the public when we can to enjoy the unique nature of the work we do and the things we see.
Browse the pages below to find out more:
Booking a visit
Group visits are only available from October until March when the nights are long and the hours more sociable. During the summer, group bookings can not be made for the following winter. This is a result of undergraduate practicals not being scheduled until September.
If you wish to be notified when we will be ready for booking open evenings, you can send an e-mail to the organizer, Dr. Marc Sarzi, with the subject "Bayfordbury Open Night".
Official ESO outreach partner organisation
Bayfordbury Observatory is an official ESO (European Space Organization) outreach partner organisation
Dark Sky Discovery partner
The University of Hertfordshire is the lead partner for the Dark Sky Discovery project in the East of England.
Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy
The University of Hertfordshire is part of the Consortium of Universities for Goonhilly Astronomy, to refurbish the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station for radio astronomy and public outreach.
The Observatory offers a very limited number of work experience placements each year.
We welcome applications from students studying physics at GCSE or A level.
In the first instance you should forward a CV to Mark Gallaway, this should be done between the 10th January and the 10th of February each year. Applications outside of this time period may not be considered.
Please note that the Observatory is not accessible via public transport and that work hours may be unsociable.
Risk Assessment for visitors to Bayfordbury
Download our visitor risk assessment form.