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The Observatory Science Centre

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

My children were a little young to do all of the activities, 3&7 but we had a really good time... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
vickyarcher86
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Herstmonceux, United Kingdom
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Fascinating place

We really enjoyed our visit here, there is so much to see, learn and play with. We didn't have... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Howlingran
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London, United Kingdom
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“small cafe” (10 reviews)
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Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My children were a little young to do all of the activities, 3&7 but we had a really good time! Lots to see & do! Cafe nice, gift shop very sweet & entry fees reasonable

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We really enjoyed our visit here, there is so much to see, learn and play with. We didn't have children with us but were pleased to see the excitement of the children there. There areplenty of large strong scientific installations for them to play with....More

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

Thank you for your review and we are delighted that you found Spectacular Science suitable for all ages. We are an educational charity, relying upon visitor income. We operate our own cafe an gift shop and every purchase helps to support us. Don't forget you...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

My reason for writing this review is that I have before now passed the site feeling a bit snooty about it - not quite believing that a science site in rural Sussex would amount to much. I apologise now - I should gladly go again!...More

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

Thank you for your review and positive comments. Don't apologise- you have found us now! The Royal Observatory required a rural location in the 1950s, away from light pollution, so we do feel like a hidden gem in the Sussex countryside. We are located within...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A lovely Sunday out. Took my two daughters (10 & 8) with the wife on Sunday. The kids absolutely loved all the out door and hands on experiments. Don't think they realised they where learning at the same time as they had so much time....More

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

Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you all enjoyed your visit incorporating the hands-on science exhibits and a tour of the telescopes. We aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages and we believe everyone can benefit from 'learning through play'.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great surprise from my husband , got to see planets, moons and star groups never seen before . Brilliant staff who where very informative and helpful. Cafe to supply hot drinks and snacks , and the astronomy club was more than willing...More

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

Thank you for your review and enthusiastic comments. To have the opportunity to view a clear sky through an historic telescope, is indeed a privilege and the staff / volunteers are always delighted to offer advice and guidance at all levels. We hope you will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been planning to go "star gazing for some time, never got round to it. We went a couple of months back, luckily I read the details which said wrap up warmly, because obviously the domes are open for the telescope to poke up....More

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

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you visited on a clear evening so were able to view through the historic telescopes. We have a team of knowledgeable staff and volunteers, who are passionate about their involvement with the site. As an educational...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fantastic find! Hidden away and not that well known it seems, even to people in Sussex. Manages to fill that 'Goldilocks Zone' of entertaining the kids where fun meets educational. Dozens of interactive exhibits that explain scientific principles in the best possible way,...More

Thank RogC2013
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - we aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages. The Royal Observatory moved here in the 1950s and required a rural location away from light pollution etc. We certainly feel we are a hidden gem in the Sussex countryside...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 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!

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

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your visit. Don't forget you can visit when we have an open evening and actually view through an historic telescope - weather permitting!

Reviewed 19 April 2017

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...More

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

Thank you for your review. The science centre operates in the former home of The Royal Observatory and is a classic example of 1950s architecture. Now operated by an educational charity, we offer a Spectacular mix of science / astronomy with something for all ages....More

Reviewed 19 April 2017 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...More

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?

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Regina B
What time opening 14th January
13 January 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
13 January 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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