Best places to go Stargazing in Sussex

The Perseid meteor shower and Milky Way as seen over Singleton in West Sussex

The Perseid meteor shower and Milky Way as seen over Singleton in West Sussex - Credit: sagesolar / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Here are the best spots in Sussex to watch the night skies and happen upon spectacular celestial displays throughout the year.

In 2016 the South Downs National Park became the world's 13th International Dark Sky Reserve, which means it's one of the best places for budding astronomers to get a glimpse of all kinds of galactic events, from meteor showers to witnessing the majesty of the Milky Way in all its splendour on a cloudless night.

 

Iping Common

Midhurst GU29 0PB

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This beautiful heathland is managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust and will provide you with a magical spot to observe the night sky.  

Bignor Hill

S Downs Way, Pulborough RH20 1PH

Milky Way at Bignor Hill

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The National Trust Car Park at Bignor Hill is ideal for viewing the Milky Way and other celestial objects due to its elevated position. 

Devil's Dyke 

Devil's Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 8YJ

Sunset at Devil's Dyke, Sussex UK

This beautiful nature reserve offers fantastic views and has great dark skies despite its proximity to Brighton. A nearby group, the Adur Astronomical Society, meet up every 3rd Wednesday of the month at Westdene Barn to look at the night sky.

Ditchling Beacon 

S Downs Way, Hassocks BN6 8XD

By day Ditchling Beacon offers stunning views over the weald and the downs and, by night, a brilliant spot to capture the stars due to its elevated position (the highest point in Sussex) and its dark skies.

Birling Gap 

Eastbourne, BN20 0AB

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Stargazing on a clear night at Birling Gap is truly magical, be sure to witness the soothing sound of the sea and a beautiful array of stars twinkling over the English Channel.

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