Welcome to Mills Observatory

We anticipate that Mills Observatory will reopen during Phase 4 of the easing of lockdown. However, reopening venues is a complex process which requires careful planning. Some of our venues cannot accommodate social distancing requirements as set out in the Scottish Government's guidance.

Social distancing requirements also mean that we may need more staff to be working at the venues we do have open – limiting our ability to reopen all of our facilities at once.

The safety of visitors and staff remain at the core of our decision-making processes.

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

Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park


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