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The Observatory Science Centre

Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 832731
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Disappointing

We were disappointed by our visit. The science garden was reasonably good fun, but the indoor... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2017
jch21c1
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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Great day out!

Really enjoyed the Observatory Science Centre. I took my two young boys during the Easter holidays... read more

Reviewed April 5, 2017
Jonswiftrrf
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Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

We were disappointed by our visit. The science garden was reasonably good fun, but the indoor activities, indeed the whole place is rather threadbare. They don't look to have had a luck of paint in years. In fact, I think the whole place is a...More

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for taking time to post your comments. We are an educational charity operating an interactive science centre in the former home of The Royal Observatory, which closed in the 1980s. Without 'rescuing' by the charity who knows what may have happened.... We have...More

Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the Observatory Science Centre. I took my two young boys during the Easter holidays, they're 7 and 6; they loved the indoor and outdoor science 'exhibits'. Lots of hands on stuff which was both fun and educational. The space show with experiments was...More

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

thank you for your review and we are really pleased you all enjoyed your visit. The Destination Space show is being presented throughout the Easter holidays- and don't forget their are also tours of the telescopes included in the admission price! We offer children's workshops...More

Reviewed March 25, 2017

Great place to take the kids as well as going as a couple to find out more about the history of astronomy in the UK. Very knowledgeable & friendly staff. Lots of 'hands on' things to keep everyone amused & entertained. Plus lots to do...More

Thank David H
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review and positive comments. We strive to offer something for all ages and abilities - whatever the weather! We hope you can visit again

Reviewed March 17, 2017

I love to come back to The Observatory. They not only bring out the big kid in you but they also host a number of different events throughout the year so there is alway so much to see. We got the chance to have a...More

Thank Lauren R
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review and positive recommendations to others. As well as guided tours of the historic telescopes we also present interactive Spectacular Science Shows through the school holidays - all included in your admission price. Don't forget we offer a membership scheme so...More

Reviewed March 14, 2017

We 3 'seniors' visited as two had a scientific background, and one(me) fancied somewhere different on a grey drizzly day...what a treat was in store for us. The historic site is full of hands-on scientific....I'm not sure whether to call them games or experiments! Whatever...More

Thank MMMW60
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you all had an enjoyable visit. We aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages and abilities, and we gain great satisfaction from witnessing visitors have fun as they learn! We strive to maintain and...More

Reviewed March 3, 2017

We went as a couple with no children. Although for us it was a short visit the young ones could play for hours on the hands on exhibits. Some interesting articles and very impressive telescopes. Great architecture and plenty of space for a picnic on...More

Thank RLT1969
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review. We believe there is something for everyone here from the modern exhibits to historic telescopes, all in this unique 1950s site. Did you know you can visit when we have an Open Evening and actually view through an historic telescope...More

Reviewed February 27, 2017

We went today with 11, 12 and 13 year olds. A rainy day but plenty to do inside the main building and the domes and time to play outside when the rain paused. We've been recently but kids really wanted to go again. The new...More

Thank Katie P
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review. Don't forget we offer a Membership Scheme which is a great way to visit through the season and, as you can see, we are constantly adding and improving to the exhibits. The orrery is an amazing addition in the former...More

Reviewed February 27, 2017

We visited with our 4-year-old daughter and all had a wonderful time. There is something for everyone, from the exhibits relating to the astronomical work, to the many hands-on activities that kept our daughter fascinated. We'll definitely be going back at some point, hopefully on...More

Thank Stephen P
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review and we hope you can all visit again- hopefully with clear skies for an Open Evening so you can view through an historic telescope. There are also Spectacular Science Shows in the school holidays and many other events & activities,...More

Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

Visited with my 2 children age 8 & 14. Lots to do inside and out. Real hands on science. Cafe and shop were well priced and staff very friendly. A great day out.

Thank packofcards
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review. We aim to offer value for money in all areas including our shop and cafe. Staff / volunteers are all passionate about their involvement with this unique site and we offer SpectacularScience for everyone!

Reviewed February 15, 2017

We took the kids here on a very cold night and the experience was enchanting. So much to see and too little time. A very interesting and educational evening for everyone including the adults. If you are in the area you have to go. There...More

Thank Eugene C
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review. We have had clear skies for many of our Open Evenings this year and visitors have had fantastic viewing through the historic telescopes... We hope you can visit again and soak up the daytime atmosphere!

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Regina B
What time opening 14th January
January 13, 2017|
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Response from Jarvis B |
Usual opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm from April to September 10 am to 5 pm at other times. There is a close period for maintenance between the end of December and Mid January
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Regina B
What age group for visits. Times of opening sat 14th January
January 13, 2017|
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Response from Rebecca H | Reviewed this property |
Not entirely sure of opening times for January but we went with children aged from 18 months to 10. Probably not ideal for the youngest child but all the others (5-10) had the best time ever! As did the adults - tons to see... More
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