Stargazing in Durham

Large open spaces and views that stretch further than the eye can see make Durham the ideal destination for stargazing. Home to countless Dark Sky friendly places that are easy to find, the Durham Dales and North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are also home to designated 'Dark Sky Discovery Sites' as they are especially dark.

At the Honest Lawyer Hotel we welcome both amateur and professional stargazers. Our courtyard rooms offer direct access from the car park, so you can come and go at any hour and not have to worry about waiting at Reception or someone letting you back into the building.

If you are planning to visit Durham to see the stars we recommend you bring appropriate clothing - wrap up warm! A pair of binoculars are all you need to get started, and red light LED torches can help you find your way without compromising your view. All of our rooms have tea and coffee making facilities so don't forget to bring a flask. Meals and drinks are available to purchase in the hotel bar and restaurant during our usual opening times.

This Is Durham has a wealth of resources available for those looking to see the stars, including Dark Skies maps and stargazing guides.