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The best places to see the solar eclipse in Birmingham

Written by
Jon Cook

As you already no doubt know, the morning of Friday March 20 will see the most dramatic solar eclipse in the UK for 16 years. At around 9.30am, 87% of the sun will be obscured by the passing moon.

So, get some tinted glasses and head to high ground (Library Of Birmingham's Secret Garden terrace on Level 7 should be a great spot), or one of these four special events. After all, the next eclipse of this magnitude isn’t due until August 2026!



Birmingham Cathedral and Gardens – Come & See
Birmingham Cathedral is holding a ‘Come & See’ event with astronomers from Birmingham University and the Lunar Society, who’ll be on hand to offer expert information as the eclipse becomes visible around 9.30am.

Things start at 8.25am, entry is free and this event marks the launch of the cathedral’s three-hundredth anniversary celebratory arts events.




















Fort Dunlop – Solar Eclipse On The Roof
Fort Dunlop invite you to head to the roof of one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings for an unobstructed view of the eclipse from 8.25am on Friday.

Beanbags and hot drinks will be available and entry is free.




















Thinktank – Solar Eclipse Observing
Thinktank, the science museum at Millennium Point in Eastside, are offering you the chance to join members of Birmingham Astronomical Society and view the eclipse through special solar telescopes.

This is a free event – if you’d like to attend, meet in front of the kiosk at the Curzon Street entrance to Millenium Point at 8.15am.




















Marco Pierre-White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Situated on the twenty-fifth floor of The Cube, there aren’t many better spots to view the skies above Birmingham than Marco Pierre-White’s restaurant.

Fifty window seats are available for a special steak and champagne breakfast, but a standard breakfast menu is also available. To book your spot, head to the MPW website.


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