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OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory

155 Davagh Road, Davagh Forest, County Tyrone, BT79 8JQ
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Take a journey through time and space with a visitor experience that’s out of this world. Book your visit to Northern Ireland’s only International Dark Sky Park. Fully guided by an experienced tour guide, the centre will give visitors a unique opportunity to experience the night sky as it is rarely viewed.

Combining the latest tech, from holographic installations to virtual reality headsets, to bespoke evening audio-visual shows, visitors to the centre will be able to explore our solar system, star-gaze using telescopes to view the night sky without light pollution as Davagh is the only official ‘dark sky’ park in NI.

Davagh Forest has one of the ‘darkest skies’ in Ireland, which means there is so little light pollution that there are crystal clear views of star constellations and the Milky Way.  

Near the ancient Beaghmore Stone Circles, at the foot of the Sperrin mountains, the observatory is at the heart of a rich landscape of substantial archaeological and cultural significance and a history which spans millennia.

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Gift Shop
  • Guided Tours Available
  • Open Evenings
  • Open Mondays
  • Open Sundays

Catering

  • Picnic Area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Suitable for Children

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Accommodation nearby
  • Cater for school groups
  • Event venue
  • First Aid
  • Gift vouchers
  • Groups accepted
  • Groups catered for
  • Lift/Elevator
  • Online Booking
  • Route maps available
  • Self guided walks/cycle rides
  • Shop
  • Showers
  • Talks
  • Toilets
  • Visitor information
  • Wi-fi available
  • Workshop

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • American Express accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

Provider Preferences

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Film or TV location
  • Forest Location
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Unique venue

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.00 activity
Over 60£3.50 activity
Under 16£3.50 activity

To avoid disappointment pre-booking is advisable. Walk ins may be accommodated depending on availability.  
Group rates available. Please contact us for group tours and information for tour operators.

Events

Sunday, 25th February 2024 - Sunday, 25th February 2024

Sunday, 24th March 2024 - Sunday, 24th March 2024

Deep space nebula Junior AstronOMy ClubCalling all junior astronomers and space enthusiasts! Come join us for a tour through outer space. We will take a closer look at our Sun, Moon and all the planets in the solar system.
more info

Saturday, 2nd March 2024 - Saturday, 2nd March 2024

Three people walking a path through treesMysteries and Myths of Davagh with Lorcan McBrideJoin Lorcan McBride on a walk through Davagh Forest, exploring the ancient heritage and landscape of this special place.
more info

Saturday, 16th March 2024 - Saturday, 16th March 2024

Friday, 29th March 2024 - Friday, 29th March 2024

Two people with backpacks walking towards OM observatoryDavagh Night WalksJoin us for a special night time walk and talk, under the darkest of skies with Davagh Nightwalks.
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Friday, 29th March 2024 - Friday, 29th March 2024

Stars and galaxies in deep spaceAstronOMy ClubA sociable evening session with our resident astronomers discussing what is currently visible in the night sky. The evening will be of interest to all astronomy enthusiasts, from beginners to seasoned observers, all welcome!
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Video

  • Stars and Stones Experience

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Tel+44 (0) 28 8676 0681

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Opening Times

OM Opening Hours (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2029)
DayTimes
Monday - Thursday11:00 - 19:00
Friday - Saturday11:00 - 20:00
Sunday11:00 - 19:00

* Guided Exhibition Tours take place
Monday to Thursday: 11.30am, 2pm, 5pm.
Friday and Saturday: 11.30am, 2pm, 5pm, 7pm.

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