The Bayfordbury Observatory is the University of Hertfordshire’s teaching observatory for astronomy and astrophysics. Situated approximately 6 miles from the main campus in Hatfield, Bayfordbury is regarded as one of the finest astronomical teaching observatories in the country.
The Observatory is equipped with 7 large optical telescopes, 4 radio telescopes and a high definition planetarium. Our visit will last approximately 2 hours and include a tour of some of the observatory’s telescopes including, weather permitting, a look through their 20in reflector. There will be a full planetarium show and the opportunity to see the observatory’s radio telescopes including a radio-interferometer. The visit will also include a talk by one of the observatory’s PhD students on a research subject associated with these telescopes.
If you would like to attend, booking is essential. We are limiting the group size to 30 attendees initially, but this may be adjusted depending on the response. Details on how to pay the £9 visitors fee will be sent later. Please note that the Bayfordbury Observatory require payment in advance of our visit. Therefore, all bookings must be completed by 19th December 2017.
If you plan to travel by car allocate two hours for the journey up to Bayfordbury as traffic can build up at various points during the early evening.
The Bayfordbury Campus is situated in the Hertfordshire countryside a few miles south of Hertford and is accessed from the B158. The entrance road to the site is located off the B158, at a crossroad with St. Mary’s Lane. Shortly before reaching the mansion, turn right into the Bayfordbury Campus where ample parking is available. (Please do not drive up to the observatory as there is limited parking).
On arrival make your way to the Regional Science Learning Centre reception where staff will greet you.
If you plan to use public transport, the recommended local station is Hertford North which has a taxi rank outside the station. Bayford station is also close by but is not as well serviced for Taxis and is a little ‘in the sticks’.
If you would like to attend but would need a lift it might be possible to arrange some car sharing when we have a clearer idea of who has booked.