Welcome to Mills Observatory

We are delighted to welcome you back to Mills Observatory from Friday 1 October, 2021.

What can you expect?

Regular visitors will notice a few differences – but our warm welcome will remain the same!

Restrictions have eased significantly but we have instituted the following measures to protect both our staff and our visitors:

  • We are part of the UK wide 'We're Good to Go' Scheme – giving you the confidence to visit, knowing that we have all appropriate measures in place.
  • We have enhanced our regular cleaning regimes
  • We ask that all remain vigilant of their hand and cough hygiene. Sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be available. Staff will be wearing face coverings. We ask that visitors follow the Scottish Government guidelines and wear face coverings during their visit. Please let us know if you are exempt.
  • As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect programme, on arrival we ask that all adults over the age of 16 in your group scan the Test and Protect QR code displayed. A paper version is also available for those unable to scan the QR code. This information will be kept for 21 days. LACD have a privacy policy.
  • Please be aware that this is a changing situation. We will post updates, please check web, social media and local press for up to date information.

Winter Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 4pm – 10pm; Saturday + Sunday – 12:30pm – 4pm

 

We are delighted to welcome you back to Mills Observatory

Frequently asked questions

Yes, Mills Observatory is ready to reopen. We have carried out risk assessments, tested our building systems, installed new signage, sanitiser stations and Perspex screens. We have implemented new cleaning and hygiene regimes and delivered training to all our staff.

We have achieved the official UK tourism 'We're Good to Go' mark, a demonstration that we have worked hard to follow the Government and sector Covid-19 guidelines.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Prior to welcoming visitors back, our staff have been involved in cleaning throughout Mills Observatory.

We had rigorous daily cleaning regimes in place prior to lockdown. We have enhanced these further.

We have new signage in place to remind all of us to maintain a respectful distance from others.

The capacity of the Planetarium Room has been reduced to 12 visitors to allow adequate distance. Entry to this room will be monitored by staff.

The capacity of the Dome has been reduced to 6 visitors to allow adequate distance. Entry to this room will be monitored by staff.

We advise all to follow current guidelines to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and hot water. Our public toilets will be open to support regular handwashing.

Hand sanitiser stations will be available on arrival.

Yes, our public toilets will be open with an enhanced cleaning regime.

Only visitors to Mills Observatory will be able to use our toilets.

Yes, current Scottish Government guidance requires face coverings to be worn during your visit.

Our staff will wear face coverings.

Note that within the Scottish Government guidance not all individuals are required to wear masks or face coverings. Please let our staff know if you are in this group. Please be courteous of those who may have valid health reasons for not wearing a face covering.

As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect programme, on arrival we ask all adults over the age of 16 in your group to scan the Test and Protect QR code displayed. A paper system will also be in operation for those unable to scan QR codes on their phone. This information will be kept for 21 days. LACD have a privacy policy.

Planetarium Shows

Our planetarium shows provide the chance to learn about constellations, planets and other jewels of the night sky. If you're curious about comets, mystified by meteors and want to glean a wealth of information about the galaxy, the friendly staff at Mills have the answers.

Booking – Booking to made via telephone call to Mills Observatory from 1st October onwards. Sold on a first come basis. Maximum Capacity for each show is 12.

Cost – Adults £1.00, Children 50p. To be paid on arrival at Mills. Cash and Card accepted.

Show Dates and Times:

Some planetarium dates have changed due to clashes with the Astromical Society. New dates as follows:

Friday 15th October
Friday 29th October
Friday 5th November
Friday 19th November
Friday December 3rd
Friday December 17th

Shows are at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm

The bodies of the telescopes are wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes/spray after every use, while the eye pieces are wiped with specialist lens wipes to ensure they are sanitised after each use.

'We're Good to Go' is a UK wide scheme designed to build visitor confidence. It shows that a UK tourism or hospitality venue has worked hard to follow government and industry Covid-19 guidelines. To use the branding, you have to have demonstrated that you have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

In Scotland, the Scheme is administered by Visit Scotland. Visit Britain, Visit Wales and Tourism Northern Ireland run the scheme across the UK.

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…

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

Address
Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park
Dundee
DD2 2UB

 Opening Hours

Winter Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 4pm – 10pm; Saturday + Sunday – 12:30pm – 4pm

 Admission

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