The Observatory building is just a five minute walk away from Sheraton Park.

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Footpath from Sheraton Park to the Observatory (yellow line). The yellow dotted line indicates the footpath leading further up to Observatory Hill. Please avoid using the asphalt road marked in pink if possible, as the residents by that road do not appreciate through traffic.

The building is almost 200 years old and boasts the second longest unbroken meteorological record of any university in the UK [Source]. Please be mindful of the instruments that continue to collect meteorological data in front of the building and do not disturb them.

Durham Observatory

Inside the building, the Ustinov GCR has access to two rooms on the ground floor, as well as bathrooms and a small kitchen.

The room immediately to your left as you enter the building is our Common Room. It contains comfortable sofas and pool tables, making it the perfect spot to relax with your friends.

The room in the back of the building is the Music Room. Here you can practice on the GCR-owned piano and drumset or bring your own instruments to play without disturbing anyone.