Exmoor Dark Sky Experience


Experience the Magic and Wonder of Exmoor’s Starry Night Sky

Dark Sky Accommodation – Telescope Hire – Stargazing Experience Nights

Exmoor National Park in West Somerset and North Devon is home to Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. Thousands of more stars can be seen in the night sky from Exmoor than in most towns and cities around the world. Stood beneath Exmoor’s starry sky, free from the glow of street lamps, is an experience never forgotten.

Here at Dark Sky Telescope Hire we have teamed up with local businesses and organisations on Exmoor to deliver you an unforgettable Exmoor Dark Sky Experience. We’re able to provide dark sky accommodation at West Withy Farm near Dulverton on the eastern side of Exmoor, along with telescope hire via West Withy Farm.

We also work with the Exmoor National Park Authority to provide nightly telescope hire through the Exmoor National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton. Additionally, we offer private stargazing experience nights for couples, families and small groups right across the Greater Exmoor Area. These are run by Seb Jay, an experienced astronomer, who brings his stargazing expertise and telescope to your venue on Exmoor, so you don’t have to travel.

Recommended stargazing locations on Exmoor include:

Brendon Common (South of Lynmouth)

Wimbleball Lake

County Gate Car Park (off A39 between Lynmouth and Porlock)  

Bosington Hill near Minehead

Dunkery Beacon & Webber’s Post

Winsford Hill


Dark Sky Accommodation on Exmoor

Location: West Withy Farm Holiday Cottages, Upton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 2JH

Accommodation Type: Self catering cottages for weekly hire

Accommodation Details: 2 x stone cottages (Upton Cottage sleeps 5, Stable Cottage sleeps 4)

Telescope Hire: Yes. 6-Inch Skywatcher Dobsonian & 8-Inch Skywatcher Dobsonian from £10/night or £30/wk.

Stargazing Experience Nights: Yes. 1-hr and 2-hr stargazing experience nights available. Please inquire for price.

Other Notes: Dog Friendly

Website: http://www.exmoor-cottages.com/


Telescope Hire on Exmoor 



Lynmouth Exmoor National Park Centre @ £25 for 1st Night then £10 for Subsequent Nights. BOOK NOW

Dulverton Exmoor National Park Centre @ £25 for 1st Night then £10 for Subsequent Nights. BOOK NOW

Dunster Exmoor National Park Centre @ £25 for 1st Night then £10 for Subsequent Nights. BOOK NOW

West Withy Farm near Dulverton @ £40 for 1 Week or £60 for 2 Weeks. BOOK NOW


We are closed for a summer break from Friday 21 June 2019 until Sunday 30 June 2019 inclusive. Inquiries received during this time period will be acknowledged and processed on our return from Monday 1 July 2019.

Exmoor Stargazing Experience Nights 

Embark on a journey across the Universe with astronomer Seb Jay as your private guide. Seb brings one of his large telescopes and his stargazing knowledge to your chosen Exmoor venue for a 1-hour or 2-hour adventure across the cosmos. 

Your stargazing experience night begins with a laser-guided tour of the stars and constellations that can be seen in the Exmoor night sky on your chosen date. Seb will then use the telescope to track down an exciting selection of star systems, ancient star clusters, ghostly nebulae & distant galaxies far beyond our own for you to view, and will give you the background story to each object. If the moon and / or planets are up in the sky then you’ll get to visit them too with the telescope.

Stargazing Experience Nights on Exmoor are available all year round. Weather Dependent. For more details and a price please call Seb on 07884 001815 or email seb@darkskytelescopehire.co.uk or complete the contact form