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South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

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Regular interesting thing to do when in Chichester

We have been going to this planetarium for many years and it is always an enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Very interesting

Unique and interesting. Dr John Mason gives a brilliant enthusiastic talk and very informative... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Sir Patrick Moore Building High School Kingsham Road | Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AE, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going to this planetarium for many years and it is always an enjoyable experience. Although we now live many miles away, whenever we find ourselves in Chichester we always look to see if there is show on to go to. John is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unique and interesting. Dr John Mason gives a brilliant enthusiastic talk and very informative. Look online for what is on and where to buy tickets .

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank janicebird28
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Everyone here works really hard, it’s was such an interesting show, the dome is magnificent lit up and you really feel you have been transported into space! Comfy seats and we will def be returning with all the family, young and old. Absolutely something for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Zigzag233
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have had two (date nights) here. We opted for the over 18s to avoid noisy children disrupting the show. It was full of adults letting loose their (inner child) playing on all of the Scientific games on both floors - my...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 807emman
Reviewed May 30, 2018

Very interesting afternoon. Wasn’t what I initially expected but thoroughly enjoyed it, even learned a bit too. Very friendly and helpful staff. Even more satisfying, my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter were gripped. I’ve never seen them so quiet for such...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank kfamilyof6
Reviewed May 26, 2018

Posted on behalf of my parents who are part of the U3A group from Hassocks, West Sussex. We recently took a trip to the South Downs Planetarium and Chichester canal centre. The afternoon was very interesting and educational. The volunteers were all extremely friendly. On...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Sarahskid
Reviewed May 22, 2018

I visited with a group of 28 senior citizens from a local U3A. We were on a private visit.From arrival to departure we could not have been looked after any better.All the staff are volunteers but extremely knowledgeable. The show in the Planetarium itself was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed May 18, 2018

I took the family here for my husband's birthday recently, including our grown up daughters and their boyfriends - we all loved it! The chap doing the talk was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was fascinating. Only downside was that we were in the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
4  Thank Holly_M_99
Andrew_Copping, General Manager at South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Thank you for the feedback Holly, we’re so happy you enjoyed the show! Please accept our apologies for the experience you had on the back row. As you may know, the planetarium is an educational charity. All of our seats (which were previously part of...More

Reviewed March 3, 2018

Really wonderful talks by the best lecturers on their subject. Amazing sky dome,,almost as good as the planetarium in London.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Eleanor J
Reviewed February 24, 2018

We went to another showing, this time on the space station.Presented in a clear and exciting way we all learned a lot and enjoyed the visit. Run by volunteers, it is just amazing. The people on duty seem very knowledgable and helpful and it needs...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Aurorachichester
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Nas B
August 9, 2017|
Response from Sinead W | Reviewed this property |
It is recommended you book a place, but any time I've been there there have been plenty of seats left. I would still book in advance just in case they had the place full for a school outing or something.
luke r
February 27, 2016|
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
The Planetarium has two easy access toilets and reserved blue badge parking. The public areas and the Star Theatre are all on one level with a gentle incline leading in. The Star Theatre has 4 places for wheelchairs for... More
December 14, 2015|
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
They have a free car park adjacent to the building with allocated Blue Badge/Disabled parking available - ask at the point of booking.