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“Very enjoyable”

The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Knighton
Certificate of Excellence
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Wales, Wisconsin
1 review
“Very enjoyable”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Not everyone's cup of tea, but I have certainly recommended to friends I think would like it. Regards the presenter/Owner, I thought he was very good, and brought a sort of Christmas lecture feeling to the whole experience.

Visited April 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting stuff”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

An interesting place. The presentation is a bit long for young children at 90 mins and a bit dry for some, but some of the negative comments are over the top. It's not a slick tourist attraction, but it's run on a shoestring with cheap admission. The Director is a bit eccentric, but is not rude. Accept it for what it is and enjoy.

Visited April 2013
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Wales (UK)
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great time at the Spaceguard Centre”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Took a group of youngsters recently.
Very informative, interesting and well pitched for under 12s.
Well worth taking a detour or call in if you are in the area.

Visited March 2013
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Overrated observatory”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

Whilst the objectives behind the Centre are very worthy indeed (advanced warning against catastrophic human wipeout from asteroids - sorry, meteors) the "directors" need to decide whether this should be a tourist attraction or not. As mentioned by a previous visitor, we too were appalled by the condescending, patronising approach to visitors (women in particular, children very close second) We took our very well behaved 5 year old who was very keen to learn, sat patiently through one and a half hours of being talked down to, could not touch or examine anything. Could well have put him off astronomy for good. We had more fun in the "stone circle" outside, and looking at the incredible views and scenery at ground level.

Visited March 2013
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London
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Curate's asteroid - stellar experience & space junk in equal parts”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This charity is funded by visitor entrance fees, the shop and donations. It could be a very high fundraiser thru donations from visitors - the centre, exhibits and equipment are fascinating and well worth a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon, and the fundamental objectives of the centre are admirable. For this reason, my husband rated the visit as 4 a 5 stars. I rated it as two, so three is the compromise....
The director/owner of the centre wastes an extraordinary opportunity. He is a font of knowledge and expertise, but his approach to the visitors - who are, after all, funding his centre, at least in part - is very condescending. The shop and ticket attendant, on welcoming visitors to the centre, goes to great pains to encourage questions ("the tour is interactive, ask all the questions you want when they come to you, or you'll forget them and it will be too late"). On asking questions, however, you are treated as an idiot and given answers that are either so simplistic as to be insulting or so convoluted that their meaning is obscure (even to a physicist!). So, an opportunity to convert several enthusiastic supporters, full of curiosity about planets and asteroids, into substantial donors, was converted instead into the creation of one enthusiast, two neutrals (great content, poor presentation) and three disengaged teenagers. If this is the approach to all visitors, it isn't surprising that work on the dome has only just started as winter approaches, as funds weren't raised in time to start earlier in the year.
The director appears aware of and even proud of his eccentric approach. It may be very popular with some visitors but was alienating to most of our party, particularly this one. And I'm very sad that my daughter's originally huge enthusiasm for exploration and knowledge about space was so dampened by this visit.

Visited November 2012
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