Institute for Astronomy


Visiting the Institute for Astronomy


The Institute for Astronomy is based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (RoE), sited on Blackford Hill in the South of Edinburgh.  GPS navigation systems should use the postcode EH9 3HJ

Note that this is different from the pre-1893 Royal Observatory (or City Observatory) on Calton Hill.

See below for a map.


  • Road: there is ample parking at the observatory site.  Uber and other taxis are popular in the city.
  • Rail: Waverley Station is the nearest to the observatory, and is in the centre of the city.  Is is approximately a £15 taxi fare.
  • Air: Edinburgh airport is to the west of the city.  A taxi to the observatory will take 30-40 minutes and will cost about £35.  You can also reach the centre of town using a bus service, or, more slowly and expensively, a tram.
  • Bus: Within Edinburgh, there are reasonable bus links to the observatory - these can be found using Google maps.  


Various types of accommodation are available reasonably close to the Observatory