Welcome to Airdrie Observatory.
Did you know that there are only four public observatories in the United Kingdom? That they are ALL in Scotland? and that Airdrie Observatory is the smallest and the second oldest?
Airdrie Astronomical Association opens the observatory during astronomical events, at open days, for ten evening viewing sessions between November and January and by arrangement for groups wishing to visit.
Follow us on Facebook for all the latest astronomy news and Observatory updates.
AAA operates Airdrie Observatory on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council (NLC).
Meet our curators
Did you know that Airdrie Observatory has had some very famous visitors including three Apollo astronauts, one of which is a Moonwalker!
Visit Walk With Destiny to learn more about these incredible visits, organised by club secretary, Aileen Malone.
Our joint curators William Tennant and Jack Frederick
will be on hand to answer all your questions and show you around the Observatory.
Winter Observing Sessions
Our Winter Observing Sessions were cancelled the past two winters due to covid restrictions. We hope to have observing nights restarting in winter 2022/2023 if restrictions allow. Watch this space for developments.
Our Winter Viewing Sessions Run on Tuesday nights during November, December and January.
Viewing nights are open to the public from 5:30 - 7:00pm (last admission 6:45pm)
So pop in and visit us!
Why not book a visit for your group?
Group visits include a presentation about the Solar System as well as a visit to the Observatory and are a great outing for all ages.
To Book a group visit contact us to reserve your night!
“My husband and daughter visited the observatory on tuesday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you all so much taking the time with them. My husband has always had an interest but it was great to see my daughter getting excited about it. She went into school the next day and did a small talk about the night.”
Observing some Sun Spots!
Our friendly Telescope team
“Space is EPIC!”
“Sun spots through the telescope onto paper……fantastic!”
Jacquie & Hope Corry
“Enjoyed the stories & seeing the telescope”
The Chinese mid-Autumn Festival event
“This was terrific, a great big bravo from all of us. We will be back with another group soon. Thanks again.”
2nd Coatbridge Cub Scouts