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The Observatory Science Centre

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Address: Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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+44 1323 832731
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Fantastic telescopes!

Excellent hands on exhibits for children. Loved hearing about the history of the site and thought Jarvis the guide was great clearly loves his subject. The observatory opening was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
mrsmission
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent hands on exhibits for children. Loved hearing about the history of the site and thought Jarvis the guide was great clearly loves his subject. The observatory opening was a highlight for me!

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I agree with many of the previous critical remarks remarks about being a bit dated and some of the exhibits not working. We went without our 4 year old grandson who I'm sure would have enjoyed it. The lady giving the science lecture in the marquee behind the main buildings was great and I'm sure more like her would boost... More 

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Woking, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great afternoon even though it was Good Friday it was open until 6pm. We listened to the talk about the telescope and I now know about the Thompson Twins. We and our teenagers gained a lot from the visit and enjoyed the activities. It was a fun and educational visit.

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Thank Trina C
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that our Spectacular Science provided fun and education for you all and we hope you can visit again- perhaps to actually view through an historic telescope? More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic visit today (Easter Sunday) Visited with an 11 and 8 year old - plus grandparents (in 70's). Something for everyone Was a little concerned by previous reviews saying not much there/ bit run down ?! Yes the buildings may look a little dated but the exhibits / experiments inside were FAB I agree with a previous poster... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive comments. We are delighted you all enjoyed your Easter Sunday visit. The interactive hands-on exhibits, alongside the Spectacular Science Shows provides a unique mix with the historic telescopes and astronomy. The Grade II* Listed building is a fantastic example of 1950s architecture and our exhibits are designed to fit in the unusual spaces... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this fantastic attraction today with medium sized expectations. Thought it'd be an interesting visit, to see the observatories. But was not expecting so much family fun. This place has more cool, hands-on activities and practical diy demonstrations of physics in action, than the London science museum. I went with 9 yr old and 14 yr old and we all... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and Spectacular recommendations for other visitors. As an educational charity we strive to offer education and fun in the former home of The Royal Observatory, and it means a lot to receive such exciting reviews. Perhaps when you visit again we might be demonstrating the Van de Graf machine....which might be a 'hair -raising' experience! More 

St Leonards, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good, so many things to do. The water activities in the garden kept my 3 year old daughter entertained for an hour alone! Well definitely be coming back again.

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - never too young to start with Spectacular Science! See you again soon..... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Its that time of year again, the School Holidays and what to do to save your sanity. Take them to the Science Centre at Herstmonceux, Its Brilliant. There are so many things to do, to build and to try to make all laid out around the old observatory and its telescopes. We spent 5 hours there and did not have... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and 'brilliant' comments. We aim to offer Spectacular interactive science amongst the historic domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory. During the school holidays we give talks in the telescopes and interactive science shows. Visitor income helps the charity maintain and develop this unique attraction so we hope others will be inspired to... More 

Bury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The observatory offers a place to learn whilst making it fun for everyone. There are experiments for all to enjoy and outdoor play with more fun oversized experiments to be found. There is a talk/demonstration about the telescopes which is worth taking the time to do. The observatory has a nice cafe but also offers outdoor picnic areas if you... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive recommendations. This glorious Easter weather is definitely providing picnic weather but our cafe also serves refreshments and snacks. The tour of the telescopes is included in the admission, as is the science show, which this holiday is all about space! More 

Halesowen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 national scandal considering the fact that until the late 1980s this was the prime UK... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

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 no funding except visitor income and in a competitive tourist market we strive to offer... More 

Andover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 an extra 30 minute show, included in the price, which was really good...all about the... More 

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

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 during each school holiday so hopefully your sons will enjoy future topics and you can... More 

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