Stargazing in Wales

A family outdoors using a telescope to view the night sky

Wales boasts some of the best places in the world to go stargazing, with a number of Dark Sky Discovery sites. Make the most of clear, frosty skies in winter, or warm evenings of summer to enjoy the light show.

Brecon Beacons became the country's first International Dark Sky Reserve in 2012. There are many places in this majestic, mountain landscape where you’ll get superb views of the night sky. You can even enjoy sleeping under the stars at our caravan site at Dolaucothi.

Ceredigion is also blessed with great spots for star gazing. Our historic working farm at Llanerchaeron is not only a Site of Special Scientific Interest for wildlife but its countryside setting makes for perfect Dark Skies. The mile-long beach at Penbryn is also a must (and as and added bonus if you visit at dusk you may see seals and even some of the resident Bottlenose dolphins.)

The Pembrokeshire coast and countryside, with its low levels of light pollution, is home to brilliant, accessible Dark Sky sites offering far reaching views. Pick your spot, like the sweeping Broad Haven beach, or visit us at Stackpole Centre where we hold regular star gazing events with experts from Dark Sky Wales at the on-site planetarium.

Help from the experts

We also hold stargazing events at Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff, where Cardiff Astronomical Society have an observatory. It’s a great opportunity to explore the sky with the help of more experienced observers and use some of the society’s specialist telescopes.

Snowdonia was the second place in the country to receive International Dark Sky Status in 2015. Spanning more than 800 square miles of mountains and valleys you feel you can see the whole world beneath you from its mountain peaks - and at night, the heavens above you too. The cliffs and beaches of Llŷn Peninsula's also provide wonderful, clear night skies.

Take time out to stop, look up, and wonder at the universe overhead. It's an experience the whole family can enjoy together too. Check our Wales places for more details of where to go, and for news of star gazing events.