Educational Visits:Rosse Observatory

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Celestron HD 14"

Celestron HD 14"

Available for visitor use.

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Carleton Road,
Carleton ,


* Due to the escalating situation with Corona-virus (Covid 19) The West Yorkshire Astronomical Society will be remaining closed until we feel it is safe to re-open.

We have cancelled all our guest speakers and most have agreed to return at a future date and all future outreach such as the young astronomers club is also cancelled.

The decision as to when we will re-open will be made in conjunction with government advice and will be widely advertised at that time. *

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, 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 welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesSmoking not allowed

Voluntary Society, Registered Charity No. 508313

Opening details

Open all year - winter evenings best for stars, summer evenings for solar & cloud.

Opening Hours:
Open night held every Tuesday & Friday 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 £3, visitors £4.
Guest Speaker Evening members £4, visitors £5.
Membership Rates - Adults £35 , Family £50 .
Full list of prices on our homepage under Education/Outreach.


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
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Voluntary Society, Registered Charity No. 508313

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking provided for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is:
    • YesGravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesRamp


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 5
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit