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Observatorium Oakshaw Street West

Commonly known as 'Coats Observatory', the observatorium on Oakshaw Street West in Paisley, is one of just four public observatories in Britain, all of which are located in Scotland. The Coats observatory was designed by Glaswegian architect John Honeyman, and its construction was funded by Thomas Coats, a local thread manufacturer (hence the name). John Honeymans design had many impressive aspects, such as Victorian wrought ironwork, intricate carvings by John Young, and several stained glass windows depicting Galileio, Kepler and Herschel.

Officially opened to the public on October 1st 1883, and since then, daily meteorological recordings have been made and documented from the observatory. The observatories first telescope was a modest 5 inch refractor, kindly built for Coats Observatory by Yorkshireman Thomas Cooke, alongside and orrery (a mechanical model of the solar system), a spectroscope and a transit telescope. These were quickly followed by the addition of a ten inch refracting telescope in 1898, and both this and the original five inch telescope are still in use today. There was also a pavilion built at the rear of the observatory in 1898, in order to house extra astronomical and scientific tools, as well as seismic recording equipment. However this addition was demolished just 32 years later in 1930.

Coats Observatory is now owned by Renfrewshire Council and is open to the public every day except Mondays, including evening viewings during winter.


Hotels near Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West


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Townhead Apartments Gallery View

69 High Street , Paisley , PA1 2AY

Townhead Apartments Gallery View is 0.12 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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9.5 out of 10

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Ashtree House Hotel

9 Orr Square , Paisley , PA1 2DL

Ashtree House Hotel is 0.12 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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9 out of 10

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Townhead Apartments Glasgow Airport

Townhead Terrace , Paisley , PA1 2AX

Townhead Apartments Glasgow Airport is 0.17 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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9.4 out of 10

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Convenient apartment

100 George Street , Paisley , PA1 2TX

Convenient apartment is 0.53 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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7.9 out of 10

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Castle Gait, Paisley

Castle Gait , Paisley , PA1 2DW

Castle Gait, Paisley is 0.58 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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9.6 out of 10

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Mycosy 605

605, Castle Gait , Paisley , PA1 2PT

Mycosy 605 is 0.60 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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8.7 out of 10

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Scotia Airport Hotel

91 New Sneddon Street , Paisley , PA3 2BJ

Scotia Airport Hotel is 0.79 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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7.7 out of 10

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The Watermill Hotel

Lonend , Paisley , PA1 1SR

The Watermill Hotel is 0.80 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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7.9 out of 10

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Muirholm Bed and Breakfast

4 Calside Avenue , Paisley , PA2 6DD

Muirholm Bed and Breakfast is 0.95 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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9.9 out of 10

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Mycosyapartment 47

47 Cochran Street , Paisley , PA1 1JZ

Mycosyapartment 47 is 1.11 kilometers from Obsavatorium at Oakshaw Street West. Room prices starting from £

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8.5 out of 10

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