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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…

Summer Programme 2019

12.30 – 4pm

Saturday 04, 11, 18 & 25 May
Saturday 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 June
Saturday 06, 13, 20 & 27 July
Saturday 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August

Saturday 04, 11 & 25 May, 2pm
Saturday 01, 08, 22 & 29 June, 2pm
Saturday 06, 20 & 27 July, 2pm
Saturday 03 & 10 August, 2pm

£1 Adults, 50p children

Booking Essential on (01382) 435967

Take a tour of the night sky in the Observatory’s Planetarium Room and learn about constellations, asteroids and the latest space news. Suitable for adults and children aged 5yrs and over.

Saturday 18 May, 15 June, 13 July & 17 August, 2 – 3.30pm

FREE, No need to book, just drop-in

Come along and make new friends and take part in cool astronomy – themed craft activities with the Creative Learning Team. Meet Dundee Astronomical Society members, who will be helping visitors safely observe the sun from the Observatory’s balcony (please note, solar viewing activities are weather permitting)

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 12:30pm – 3:30pm, Mills Observatory

FREE, No need to book, just drop-in

Our Wednesday Wonders this summer is all about outer space.

There will be activities for all ages, from building your own sun dial, experiment with magnetic fields to building your own planet. 

Meet the scientists from Dundee University, Dr Alexander Russell and Dr Aurora Sicilia Aguilar.

The Dundee Astronomical Society will be there with solar scopes to explore the sun in real.

More information on Alex’s research here:
More information on Aurora’s research here:

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.