About Coats Observatory
Coats Observatory is the oldest public observatory in Scotland and was gifted to the people of Paisley by Thomas Coats and designed by Glasgow architect John Honeyman.
Coats Observatory opened in 1883 and has been welcoming everyone with an interest in astronomy ever since.
The observatory has recently installed a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, purchased from the Thomas Coats bequest, which allows visitors to enjoy the wonders of the night sky from the comfort of their own chair.
Planetarium Films and Tours
Come along to a tour of the Observatory, then sit back and enjoy a short film in our Planetarium at the following times:
Tues - Sat
Tour Planetarium Show
Tour Planetarium Show
The films and tours are FREE - there is no need to book.
Solar Eclipse Event
Witness an incredibly rare partial eclipse of the sun at Coats Observatory on Friday 20 March. More information on this event available here
Winter Viewing Season
Our Winter Viewing Nights will operate every Tuesday and Thursday until 26 March 2015.
During Winter Viewing Season, Coats Observatory opens to allow visitors the opportunity to view the wonders of the night sky up close through powerful telescopes housed in the building. See the moon, the planets and other astronomical wonders as never before!
Every Tuesday and Thursday, 6.30pm - 9pm (last admission 8.45pm)
Free, no need to book in advance
If the weather is poor
Telescope viewings, whether night sky or solar, need clear skies and low wind. If a scheduled telescope viewing can't go ahead for some reason, alternatives like planetarium shows will be arranged.
Pre-viewing Planetarium Show
Experience our new digital planetarium and be transported to a faraway galaxy! The planetarium can project thousands of stars in an accurate representation of the night sky highlighting constellations and zooming in on objects too faint to be seen except through a powerful telescope. High resolution images of distant galaxies, nebulae and star clusters can now be viewed in incredible detail.
Operates during our Winter Viewing Season only.
Every Thursday, 6pm - 6.30pm
Maximum of 15 places, please book a seat in advance at Paisley Museum on 0300 300 1210.
The observatory is easy to get to using public transport, and only a five minute walk from Paisley Gilmour Street Station. This is a ten minute regular train journey from Glasgow Central Station.
You can plan your journey using the Traveline Scotland website.
Coats Observatory welcomes all visitors
We very much want our visitors to benefit from the full visitor experience at Paisley Museum, including Coats Observatory.
We would like to advise that access to Coats Observatory will now be via Paisley Museum only. In order to enhance the customer experience of this unique building, visitors will be able to explore the Observatory through organised tours run throughout the day. The Oakshaw Street entrance to the Observatory will only be used outwith normal opening hours (for example during winter viewing nights).
As the Observatory is a listed building there are restrictions on modifications which can be made, both internally and externally. Level access to the Observatory foyer is available via Oakshaw Street. The rest of the building is accessible only using stairs and is unsuitable for visitors with mobility problems.
We are hoping to introduce, in the near future, a virtual tour of the building accessible using a PC, and to install equipment to allow us to transmit telescope images from the dome to the ground floor.
On Tuesday and Thursday nights during the winter months the observatory is open for telescope viewings of the night sky. There are now telescopes located in the Observatory Garden to allow visitors unable to access the dome the experience of telescope observation first hand.
We hope that everyone enjoys their visit to Coats Observatory. We appreciate that we may not always get it right and would welcome your suggestions regarding our accessibility or any other aspect of your visit.
For the duration of Brick Wonders (11 October 2014 - 10 February 2015) Coats Observatory will be open:
- Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri, 11am - 4pm
- Thurs, 11am - 9pm
- Sat & Sun, 10am - 5pm
- Plus every Tuesday and Thursday evening for Winter Viewing from 28 October 2014 - 26 March 2015, 6.30pm - 9pm (last entry 8.45pm). Please note that Winter Viewings will not be operating on 25 and 30 December.
Admission is free
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 0300 300 1210
- visit: via Paisley Museum, High Street, Paisley
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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