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Manchester Astronomical Society
Established 1903

Visitor 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 Public Lecture dates, Christmas / New Year break, and the AGM in April). Any scheduled talk will start at about 20:00. Please note that there is no wheelchair access into any part of the Godlee Observatory. H&S rules determine that there is no access to the balcony around the dome plus there is a restriction of 11 years of age for using the spiral staircase into the observatory dome.

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. Visitors without University of Manchester swipe cards will need to contact us on arrival on 0161 306 4977 to arrange for someone let you into the building.

How to find us :

The Godlee observatory is located on top of the Sackville Street Building, University of Manchester, as shown. (top-middle photo)
The best way to enter the Sackville Building is through the entrance on Granby Row. (bottom-middle photo) The location of Granby Row is shown on both the Google map and the Google Earth photo. Limited parking is available, at the discretion of University Security, via the Gatehouse on Sackville Street and then under the railway viaduct, (see photo bottom-right). Click on the Google map or the photo for larger views.

SatNav users :

Please use M1 3NL or M1 3NJ for the location of Altrincham Street, (off Sackville Steet), which is on the University Campus, then use the photo map at the bottom-right. (Do not use M13 9PL, which is for Royal Mail postal use only and will direct you to the main University site on Oxford Road).

The Godlee Observatory

The Godlee Observatory on the roof of the
Sackville Building, University of Manchester
Image © Michael Oates

Granby Row entrance

Granby Row entrance - Image © MAS

Google Earth Map