UK’s Dark Sites




  • Dartmoor National Park
  • Exmoor National Park
  • Kielder Water
  • Lake District, Cumbria
  • New Forest, Hampshire
  • Northumberland National Park
  • North York Moors National Park
  • South Downs National Park
  • Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
  • Yorkshire Dales



  • Brecon Beacons
  • Elan Valley Park
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
  • Snowdonia National Park



  • Ballycroy National Park
  • Kerry Reserve, County Kerry (Map)


Channel Islands

  • Isle of Sark


Dark Sky Discovery Sites
One or two darkness ratings:

  • “Orion” sites. At these sites, the seven main stars in the winter constellation Orion are visible to the naked eye – Typically, this means away from, or shielded from, bright lights such as street lights, security lights or approaching car lights.
  • “Milky Way” sites. At these sites the Milky Way is visible to the naked eye – They are much darker sites found only in more rural areas.

For information about all Dark Sky Discovery sites in the UK, please see the map.




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