Dark Sky Discovery Sites

Pembrokeshire’s wild and rugged coast boasts some of the best dark sky discovery opportunities in the country, where it is possible to observe the spectacle of the Milky Way or the constellations such as Orion with the naked eye.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has worked with the National Trust to establish a necklace of Dark Sky Discovery Sites, the nationally-recognised designation for top stargazing spots across the UK, around the coast.

Wherever you are in Pembrokeshire, you’re not far away from one of these sites, which offer dark skies and easy access. Some also host special dark sky events to give you a deeper insight into the world of stargazing and other after dark activities.

The National Park’s location at the south west tip of Wales means it is well situated to avoid much of the light pollution that blights considerable amounts of the UK and offers significantly darker skies than many areas.

Add to this the added dimension of being able to view the night sky as you look out to sea and you’ll see why the area is ideal for those seeking the dark skies, tranquillity and peace.

The National Park Authority is committed to reducing light pollution in order to help reduce energy usage and protect the wide range of wonderful nocturnal wildlife that thrives under these dark skies.

Uncluttered, stunning cliff top location offering 360 degree panorama of the night sky. Excellent views from east south east to west north west with the sea as horizon makes this an excellent site. The National Trust hosts special dark sky events at the nearby Stackpole …

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Being located near the summit of the road between Garn Fawr and Garn Fechan, the elevated position and remote location gives good views of the sky, with little local light pollution. The National Trust parking area, although slightly sloping is well surfaced. The nearby hills …

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A large National Trust car park with a firm surface to the main area and good visibility in all directions, although especially good to the west and south west as these directions look out to sea and suffer less from the diffuse light pollution of …

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A large National Trust car park with good all round visibility, enjoying very dark skies with little local light pollution. Due to the elevated position and remote location on a headland skies are very dark here, with little in the way of local light pollution, …

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Newgale is a long south west-facing beach with several parking areas along it. The recommended location is on the beach off the southern ‘Pebbles’ car park. However, the beach is unsuitable for less able users and the car park affords an alternative viewing site. Views …

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The least restricted views of the sky from Poppit Sands are from the beach, accessed by crossing a quiet road and passing at the side of the lifeboat station. Views to the south are slightly limited but there is excellent viewing in all other directions. …

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