Places to sleep under the stars

Sleeping beneath the stars can be magical, but these days light pollution makes it tricky to find good stargazing spots. Luckily, our outdoor experts know of a few campsites and remote cottages with access to the greatest star-spangled views in the UK.

High Lidmoor Farmhouse, North Yorkshire

Bransdale, North Yorkshire Moors 

On the east slopes of Bransdale with outstanding views down the valley, High Lidmoor Farmhouse is the perfect, isolated holiday retreat. Surrounded by open moor land, this 18th-century farmhouse is ideal for exploring the North York Moors and coast and a perfect space for spotting stars.
Sleeps 5

Cribyn, Brecon Beacons, Powys

Brecon Beacons, Wales 

Very few areas of the UK get such dark skies and bright stars as the Brecon Beacons. In 2013 the area became the fifth place in the world to be awarded Dark Sky Reserve status. This wonderfully equipped and modern bunkhouse is ideal for large groups and is the perfect spot for walks, barbeques and watching the world turn.
Sleeps 15

Family sitting in front of one of the camping pods

Castle Ward, Downpatrick 

Tucked away in a stunning 820 acre estate are four eco-friendly camping pods, a caravan park, a bunkhouse and a campsite. In the day you can explore 35km of winding trails through woodland, gardens and parklands. Standard or family pods are available, with lockable French doors and heating for cooler nights. This is a great location for any would-be astronomers.

People walking on the path around Tarn Hows

Coniston, Cumbria 

If you fancy a bit of luxury, why not stay at Rose Castle Cottage with its breathtaking views of the Lake District? This delightful 19th-century cottage is situated high above Tarn Hows, in a tranquil location with no neighbours on the horizon. With walks on the doorstep, its ideal for walkers and a spot of stargazing.
Sleeps 4

Yurt

Lake District campsites, Cumbria 

The Lake District is a stargazer’s paradise. With unusually low levels of light pollution and many mountainous peaks, it’s a great place to get closer to the stars. We have a wide range of camping options within this region, all set in the stunning location of the Lake District.

Gumber Farm and Gumber Bothy

The South Downs 

Gumber Bothy campsite is in the South Downs National Park, which is currently applying to become an International Dark Sky Reserve. This would grant the park official protection as one of the world’s top places to see the stars. The campsite offers a peaceful retreat in a converted flint barn, with three dorms and use the kitchen and hot showers. Or if you prefer, you can camp out under the stars.

View across the fens at Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

See the night’s sky from our oldest nature reserve. The wetlands of Wicken Fen are an ideal spot for stargazing, with incredibly low levels of light pollution. Get back to nature in one of Wicken Fen’s rustic log shelters, equipped with a fire pit, an eco loo and surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. Camping is restricted to the wild campsite. Only wildlife can sleep on the reserve.
Sleeps 6 adults or 8 children