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.
During the winter months, the observatory is open for night sky telescope viewing depending on the weather. These sessions are free and there is no need to book. On clear nights, the telescope is trained on the moon, the planets and other interesting sights in the sky.
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.
The Observatory has recently installed a state-of-the-art Planetarium, purchased by the Thomas Coats bequest, which allows visitors to enjoy the wonders of the night sky from the comfort of their chair. This new 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.
Tuesday – Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm) Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm Solar viewings: (June – September) 2.00pm – 4.00pm
49 Oakshaw Street,
Glasgow and Strathclyde,
0300 300 1210
Admission is free!
The Observatory has not told us about their parking.
No, there are no toilets available.
No, there are no baby changing facilities.
The Observatory has not told us if you can bring a picnic.
Yes, snacks are available.
No, The Observatory is not wheelchair friendly.
No, The Observatory have stated they are not pushchair friendly.
The Observatory has not told us if they are dog friendly.
Anything else I should know?
There is an onsite shop