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Welcome to Mills Observatory

Mills Observatory

Britain’s first purpose-built public observatory enjoys a magnificent woodland setting on the summit of Balgay Hill. Watch stars and planets through our telescopes, or admire the scenery with some spectacular treetop vistas across the silvery Tay.

With fascinating space exploration and astronomical displays, planetarium shows and a fully computerised telescope that can detect 30,000 objects in the sky, there’s so much to see, do and learn!

Our friendly staff are on hand to help and advise…

Mills Observatory Update

We are pleased to confirm that repairs to the dome at Mills Observatory will begin in early August with an official re-launch of events taking place in November. This means that our last day of summer opening will now take place a little earlier on Saturday 3 August, 12.30pm-4pm rather than 31 August 2019 as previously advertised.

Please note, Saturday Stars, our free, drop-in event on 17 August, 2.00-3.30pm, will now take place in the Learning Studio at The McManus. During the fun afternoon, families can make  friends and take part in a craft event on the theme of star gazing and the Observatory's dome.

While the Observatory is unavailable,  a wide range of telescopes, sky watching guides, space themed books, games and toys for little astronauts will still be available from Shop at The McManus.

Leisure & Culture Dundee would like to thank you for your patience while this specialist work to the historic dome at Mills Observatory takes place.

Shop @ Mills Observatory

The Observatory’s Shop offers unique gifts for space and astronomy fans, including NASA branded goods, stargazing guides, space themed books and toys for little astronauts. We have a wide range telescopes suitable for beginners through to experienced stargazers; and our staff are on hand to help find the right one for you!

 Contact Details

Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park


Free. Please Note that a small charge will be made for booked group visits and public Planetarium shows.