Collective / City Observatory

Collective / City Observatory information

Edinburgh , Scotland
Calton Hill
+44 131 556 1264
Getting there
Bus: all Leith St buses
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Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue-Sun Apr-Jul & Sep, to 4pm Oct-Mar, to 6pm daily Aug
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The design of the City Observatory, built in 1818, was based on the ancient Greek Temple of the Winds in Athens. Its original function was to provide a precise, astronomical time-keeping service for marine navigators, but smoke from Waverley train station forced the astronomers to move to Blackford Hill in the south of Edinburgh in 1895. It has been redeveloped as a stunning space for contemporary visual art, and opened to the public for the first time in its history.