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.

 Contact Details

Mills Observatory
Glamis Road
Balgay Park
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 Opening Hours

April May June
Wednesday 5th & 19th, 10am - 4pm Wednesday 17th & 31st, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Wednesday 14th & 28th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Saturday 15th & 29th, 10am - 4pm Saturday 13th & 27th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Saturday 10th & 24th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm


July August October - March 2018
Wednesday 12th & 26th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Wednesday 9th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Monday - Friday, 4pm - 10pm
Saturday 8th & 22nd, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Saturday 5th & 19th, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Saturday & Sunday, 12:30pm - 4pm


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