The 20 best places in the UK for garden stargazing

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Telescopes ready! Lincoln has been voted the best place in Britain for garden stargazing, new research has found.

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Whether you are a beginner or an avid astronomer, summer nights are filled with stargazing fun. To help you find the perfect starry sky, The Paint Shed has analyzed several factors such as air pollution, light pollution, private gardens and rainfall across the UK.

While Lincoln took first place, Wigan in the North West took second and boasted the least amount of rain anywhere. Meanwhile, Boston finished third in the East Midlands, although it didn’t come out on top in any single factor. Anglesey in Wales, Harrogate and Chichester also made the top 20 thanks to their low levels of air pollution.

“Some will want to take advantage of the warmer nights to spend the evening stargazing, but some locations have a better chance of seeing the night sky than others,” the researchers say. “You don’t have to go far to experience the wonders of the universe – sometimes it’s far enough just outside your back door to see incredible things in the sky…”

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Take a look at the full study below…

The 20 best places in the UK to watch the stars in the garden

  1. Lincoln, East Midlands
  2. Wigan, north-west
  3. Boston, East Midlands
  4. Anglesey, Wales
  5. Harrogate, Yorkshire and The Humber
  6. Maldon, East England
  7. Southend-on-Sea, east of England
  8. Chichester, South East
  9. Corby, East Midlands
  10. Hartlepool, North East
  11. Doncaster, Yorkshire and The Humber
  12. Selby, Yorkshire and the Humber
  13. Darlington, Northeast
  14. Wellingborough, East Midlands
  15. Great Yarmouth, East England
  16. Kettering, East Midlands
  17. Stratford on Avon, West Midlands
  18. Peterborough, East England
  19. Cambridge, East England
  20. Cherwell, southeast
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