Manchester Astronomical Society

Manchester Astronomical Society, Godlee Observatory, Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester, Manchester M1 3BU
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 4977 (24 Hour Voicemail)

Established: 1903

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Visitor Information

How to find us

The Godlee observatory is located on the Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester. The best way to enter the building is through the entrance on Granby Row. People without university swipe cards will need to phone the observatory on 0161 306 4977 and someone will come down to let you in. The entrance to the observatory is located on floor G.

Group Visits

We welcome visits from groups, please contact us  for more information.

We aim to encourage the study of astronomy for both the newcomer and the seasoned observer alike.  You are welcome to attend a few society meetings as a guest. Our weekly meetings take place in the Godlee Observatory on Thursday evenings from around 19:00 until as late as people wish to stay (except lecture dates.). Any scheduled talk will start at 20:00, on your first visit we recommend arriving early to allow time for you to meet some of the members and find out about the society.


The Granby Row entrance to the Sackville Street Building

Google map showing the entrance to the Sackville Street Building

Health & Safety Notice

Safety procedures within the Godlee Observatory are maintained for the safety of members, staff and visitors to the observatory. Please note that there is no wheelchair access to the Observatory. Children under 11 years of age are not allowed to use the spiral staircase or enter the Godlee dome area (where the telescopes are situated).

All visitors must be accompanied by a warden or a trained society member when entering the Godlee dome. The walkway on the outside of the dome is not accessible. All persons in the Godlee Observatory complex must observe all safety procedures and notices as indicated or advised.

All group visits must be pre-arranged to ensure there are an appropriate number of trained personnel present; this may require a risk assessment.

All visitors will receive safety instruction upon arrival.