Dark Skies friendly
The North York Moors National Park is a fantastic place to enjoy Dark Skies whether it’s at one of our Discovery Centres, at an organised event at a great venue or simply relaxing at your holiday cottage, campsite or B&B with a deckchair, a warm blanket and some binoculars.
Dark skies friendly
The North York Moors Dark Skies Friendly initiative recognises accommodation businesses, activity providers and venues that offer specific activities, facilities or services relating to the enjoyment of Dark Skies in the National Park and surrounding areas. Businesses displaying this logo have agreed to offer visitors a set of minimum requirements for services and facilities. They have also signed up as part of a collaborative network to collectively promote and celebrate the wonderful Dark Skies in the North York Moors National Park.
Stay in an area where you can enjoy Dark Skies on the premises. Dark Skies Friendly accommodation providers have equipment such as telescopes or binoculars and reclining chairs with blankets so you can relax and keep warm whilst looking at the stars. They will also have books, star maps and information on events and other great locations for you to enjoy. Some may also run stay and gaze packages with an expert onsite for activities as part of your stay.
Book an organised event, including stargazing or astro-photography with experts such as Hidden Horizons and Steve Bell Photography or attend an event run by one of the passionate and knowledgeable local astro-societies. Find more festivals, events and activities in the area. You'll learn all you need to know about the skies above and receive some useful hints and tips on where to go within the National Park or surrounding areas so you’ll be ready for some DIY stargazing.
Head to an event at one of our ‘Milky Way Class’ Dark Sky Discovery sites for some of the best quality night sky viewing or look on our map for other sites which run events or are simply great places for you to enjoy stargazing. Where to go, what to see has even more ideas.
Plan your stay
To help get the most out of your time in the North York Moors, we've created an interactive map which shows you the locations of Dark Skies Friendly accommodation providers, Dark Sky Discovery sites and other great stargazing locations.
Why not stay for a few nights and think about booking on some organised events whilst taking the time to enjoy a relaxing stargazing experience where you're staying. You can put into practice the hints and tips you’ve picked up. For longer stays there's lots of activities to keep you busy during the day too, including cycling and walking. Enjoy the history, heritage and nature set in the amazing scenery of the North York Moors.
Our Dark Skies friendly initiative has been developed as part of Destination Partnerships Moors and Dales, a partnership project to boost rural tourism across the four protected landscapes within North Yorkshire. Funding for this project has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.
The four protected partnerships are the North York Moors National Park. Yorkshire Dales National Park, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.