Stargazing in Ludlow, what to do and where to stay

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Written byClaire Hunte

Stargazing can be a peaceful and rewarding activity that connects us to the majesty of the universe. So why not try it and see what wonders you can discover? The Shropshire Hills are are a great location with four Dark Sky Discovery sites, places that provide great views of the night sky without light pollution and which are accessible to everyone.

Couple stargazing together with a astronomical telescope.

If you’re interested in stargazing, we have found three local, unique spots to rest in nature and enjoy the nighttime sky. And we’ve included a few tips to make the most of your experience.

For short breaks, here are a few suggestions:

Best for a rural idyll – Cruckbarn, near Wigmore

Cruckbarn fire pit at night Photo: Cruckbarn

A short distance from Ludlow, Cruckbarn is a luxury holiday cottage where you can escape it all in a quiet, secluded woodland on a hilltop affording you stunning views. The self-catering converted barn sleeps up to 5 with all sorts of posh amenities. The owners will remove the WiFi again to help you feel you’re getting away from it all, and no television. Also, to add to your stargazing experience, there is an outdoor fire pit to keep toasty and warm while you gaze up in awe.

Best for glamping style – The Star Gazing Tree House, Clee Hill

Stargaze and enjoy the hot tub Photo: The Star Gazing Tree House

Well, it’s all in the name! And, if you’re going to gaze at the stars, best get closer. The Star Gazing Tree House, with room for 4, is located at Knowle on the slopes of the Titterstone Clee Hill. This lush accommodation allows you to “immerse yourself in nature while sleeping beneath the canopy of stars” while enjoying the Scandinavian Wood Fired Hot Tub. There is a loft bedroom, and a telescope is available for astronomers in the making. 

Best for the eco-conscious – The Star Dome, near Hope Bagot

Nighttime at The Star Dome Photo: The Star Dome

You had me at ‘stargazing window’! That’s right, you get a nighttime sky view from inside the dome. How cool is that? The Star Dome sleeps up to 4 and brings you close to nature in its private wooded glade. It’s eco-conscious glamping, but the amenities match luxury accommodations. A Scandinavian Wood Fired Hot Tub is also available. 

Top tips for stargazing

First, find a location free of light pollution – this means getting away from cities and towns to places where the night sky is unobstructed by artificial light (see our suggestions below). Once you’ve found a suitable spot, bring a comfortable chair, blanket, and warm clothes to keep you cosy.

Next, familiarise yourself with the night sky. You can use a star chart or a smartphone app to help identify constellations, planets, and other celestial objects. Binoculars or a telescope can also enhance your viewing experience. The Shropshire Astronomical Society is a voluntary county-wide group with special events for anyone interested in learning more about astronomy. 

As you gaze up at the stars, take the time to appreciate the beauty and vastness of the universe. Consider the distances between stars and the light you see may have taken millions of years to reach your eyes.

Finally, remember to share your experience with others. Invite friends or family to join you on your stargazing adventure, or share your photos and observations on social media. You may inspire others to take up stargazing themselves.

Useful links

For accommodation in and around Ludlow – The Directory

For the best stargazing sites around the UK – Go Star Gazing

For anyone interested in astronomy, star-gazing or space exploration – Shropshire Astronomical Society