Welcome to 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.

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Welcome to Mills Observatory

Admission Free

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



Mills Observatory

Glamis Road, Balgay Park

Dundee DD2 2UB


E. mills.observatory@leisureandculturedundee.com

T. 01382 435967

Follow us on Twitter @MillsObs

Opening Times

April to September

Open on selected dates for varied public programme - see programme and opening hours here


October to March

Monday to Friday 4pm - 10pm

Saturday and Sunday 12.30pm - 4pm


Mills Observatory is owned by Dundee City Council and operated by Leisure & Culture Dundee.