Stargazing in London and the South East

We have lots of special places in the South East that are accredited Dark Sky sites - perfect for a spot of stargazing. There's even a spot near London which is dark enough to see the night sky in detail, so you won't have to travel far to discover the stars.

View from Bignor Hill on the Slindon Estate

Slindon Estate, West Sussex 

Free from light pollution, Bignor car park on the Slindon Estate offers a high point on the top of the South Downs.

Sunrise at Toys Hill

Toys Hill, Kent 

The panoramic countryside views from Toys Hill in Kent are breathtaking day and night. As one of the county's highest points it's the perfect spot for stargazing.

Wicken Fen Sunset

Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire 

Cambridgeshire is famous for its big skies and they don't come much bigger than at the ancient Wicken Fen. are perfect for exploring on a family stargazing trip. The area is full of wildlife - can you hear the barn owls or muntjac deer while you're looking at the stars? The terrain is flat, but be aware the path is parallel to waterways and there is a foot-bridge to cross.

A lone stag roams the parkland at Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

Knole, Kent 

The top of Echo Mount as well as the car park at Knole offer great views of the night sky.

Autumn winter view Headley Heath Surrey

Headley Heath, Surrey 

This is a popular spot with local astronomy groups, who consider Headley Heath to be one of the best places in Surrey for stargazing. Keep an eye out for deer, badgers, foxes and bats. The terrain is well-maintained and flat, so it’s perfect for all the family.

Morden Hall Park

Morden Hall Park, London 

Morden Hall Park is a 125 acre oasis of dark skies on the edge of London. Get the tram to Phipps Bridge and you will find yourself right next to a big field that is perfect for stargazing.

Leith Hill Tower, Surrey

Leith Hill, Surrey 

View the night sky from the highest point in south east England at Leith Hill Tower in Surrey.

Heather on Black Down

Black Down, Sussex 

Situated on the highest point of the South Downs, Black Down's sweeping skies make it an ideal spot for observing the stars.