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Rosse Observatory

Rosse Observatory


Carleton Road,
Carleton ,


Due to the number of people who visit The West Yorkshire Astronomical Society (WYAS) from all parts of the country, and the current position with Coronavirus we will be closing our doors as a purely precautionary measure until the end of March to ensure the wellbeing of our visitors.

All outreach events including the Young Astronomers Night, Guest Speakers and Club nights will not take place during this time, details will be updated onto our website and via internal email to WYAS members and visitors when new information is available regarding re-opening.

Do you often find yourself gazing skywards; do you have a hankering for the heavens? If you’d like to experience the skies with celestially minded companions Carleton Community Centre at Pontefract is the place for you.

The team at the observatory are the proud owners of telescopes that will transport you through the galaxy to the stars beyond. Officially opened by the late Sir Patrick Moore in the 70s the team aim to educate and encourage anyone who has a love for all things luminous. Everyone is welcome to attend Members Night on Tuesday evenings. West Yorkshire Astronomical Society really does have a passion for bringing the heavenly bodies to the community and closer to you.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshments

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Voluntary Society, Registered Charity No. 508313

Opening details

Open all year - winter evenings best for stars, summer evenings for solar & cloud.
Please note the observatory is closed all August for essential yearly maintenance.

Opening Hours:
Open night held every Tuesday 7.30pm - 10.00pm (everyone welcome members & non-members)

Groups visits are available by arrangement, contact


Public Open Evening, Members Talks, Astro News night - members £2, visitors £3.
Guest Speaker Evening (professional scientists) members £3, visitors £4.
Membership Rates - Adults £35 , Family £50 .
Group Visits - Donation - suggested minimum £1 per person.



See location of Rosse Observatory on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 466203  Lat: 53.67708 Long: -1.29601

By Road:
Take Junct 32 off the M62 and follow signs for the centre of Pontefract (A639). At the junction with the A645 (Southgate) continue straight over onto the A639 (Mill Hill Road). Take left fork onto Carleton Road andtravel for about 0.5 miles. Carleton Community Centre and the Rosse Observatory are on the right hand side. The Rosse Observatory is indicated with a "Highways Sign" on Carleton Road.

Public Transport:
Nearest Railway Station; Pontefract Baghill
Nearest Bus Station: Pontefract

Parking: free


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Voluntary Society, Registered Charity No. 508313