Dunsink Observatory

Dunsink Observatory, Dublin: Address, Phone Number, Dunsink Observatory Reviews: 4.5/5

Dunsink Observatory
4.5
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4.5
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Shyamis
Kovilpatti, India445 contributions
Very friendly and informative
Oct 2017 • Family
They have plenty of free events and they are so informative, open and welcoming to younger children too and make every effort to make it interesting. A bit of trek if you don't have a car, but surely worth a visit.
Written 21 October 2017
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shenn09
County Meath, Ireland285 contributions
Free tour
Mar 2017 • Family
A lovely informative evening with beautiful views of the city. Such a pity it was cloudy. Our 3 girls enjoyed it. The speakers are very passionate about what they do. It they can lose the kids by rambling a little
Written 10 March 2017
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einram101
Stockholm, Sweden53 contributions
Very welcoming
Aug 2016 • Friends
We took a small group of astronomy lovers to Dunsink Observatory. We arrived as travellers and left as family! They could not have made us feel any more welcome. The grounds are lovely and, if you're in to old telescopes and science history, you'll have a ball.

Don't forget the rest of the astronomy trail too.

Highly recommended
Written 26 August 2016
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PeterOhA
Dundalk, Ireland1,084 contributions
Informative visit
Sep 2015 • Couples
Very interesting place, well worth finding to have a look around. Run by volunteers who are very helpful. Visit if you can.
Written 26 October 2015
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DublinDon
Dublin, Ireland172 contributions
Worth seeking out
Nov 2014 • Family
Dunsink is open on the first and third wednesday of each month during the winter period, but you must ring or go on line to book your free tickets. I attended with my granddaughter, who I thought at 12 years, may still be a little young for it? Not a bit of it!! We started with a lecture on ' black holes ', followed by a question and answer session, in which my grand daughter enthusiastically contributed to. Then it was over to visit the main telescope, but due to cloud cover we were unable to use. However, a member of the staff gave us a potted history of the centre, the Universe, and everything in between. Again he was open to questions, and was most informative with his answers. It is somewhat difficult to find, and I advise visiting Google maps before leaving home. It is at the end of a very long dark lane, that looks like it is not going anywhere! However, as I said in the title, it is worth seeking out, and will appeal to all, young and old, with an inquiring mind!
Written 3 December 2014
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Marco G
7 contributions
Must go to one of the open nights
Go to their website dias.ie....they organize in thr observatory and also in other places around the city some lectures and afterwards you can actually use and watch throught space....the first time that I saw Jupiter and 3 of its moons....really great time
Written 22 April 2014
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GoTour
Dublin86 contributions
Worth a visiit
Oct 2011 • Couples
You have to make a reservation and you may be put on a list, but when the time comes its excellent. The scientific lectures are terrific and the staff then bring you outside and give you lessons on the night sky. My regret is that I didn't have my 10 and 13 year old nephews with me. A night for all the family. Wrap up well and no high heels.
Written 28 May 2012
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mickptre
Dublin183 contributions
Dunsink.
Historic association with Sir William Rowan Hamilton. The commemorative plaque relating to him can be found at Broombridge Cabra West, Dublin.
No public transport.
Written 8 January 2012
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Orla F
County Dublin, Ireland49 contributions
A superb attraction for a clear night
Oct 2011 • Friends
I have had a trip to Dunsink Observatory on my wishlist of places to go for about 20 years but because I believed it was adjacent to a dump and in an unsafe area due to car burgaries I put it off. The dump is closed and now sealed, also the observatory is much more easily accessible now from Exit 6 of the M50 than heretofore and the house has a car park adjacent to the building.
The telescope which dated from the 1860s and was built in Dublin by the famous Grubb company is working perfectly; I saw the moons of Jupiter for the first time. The roof of this building has been magnificently restored having been severely damaged in the storm of 1984 and now works to turn around on a system of wheels. The main house has a terrific information room, beautiful reception room and a great lecture theatre with sliding roof panels which were used to view the stars over many years. You will need to book your visit in advance for insurance purposes.
Written 15 October 2011
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