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Stargazing at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh
If you can't escape the city to go stargazing, then the best thing to do is seek out a less well-lit area. You can't remove the light pollution completely, but at least you won't have street lights glaring at you every time you look upwards.
The Royal Botanic Garden is usually closed at night and it isn't lit at all once you go past the main thoroughfares in amongst the trees. So, if you can't get out into the inky-black of Scotland's first Dark Sky Park (in Galloway, you can find more information here.) then the Botanics would be a good choice, except for the small matter of night-time closure.
Enter then, a timely partnership with the Royal Observatory. On Sunday 28th October the Garden will be open, for one night only, for an evening of stargazing. There will be powerful telescopes and friendly astronomers on hand to take you on your very own walk through the stars.
Wrap up warm for a fun, family night out. The Gateway Restaurant Bar and the Botanics Shop will be open for hot and cold drinks and pre-Christmas shopping during the stargazing sessions which run from 7pm to 9pm.
The sessions are free and are on a sign-up first come, first served basis on the night, so do make sure you get there in plenty of time to book your slot.