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The Observatory Science Centre

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Great time

I took my son and his friend to the Observatory,they had a great time,lots to see and explore, it's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
xfactor74
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Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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Amazing

We live not too far but had never heard of the observatory before, the kids are learning about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CarlyH422
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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| Junction of Wartling Road and Halley Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my son and his friend to the Observatory,they had a great time,lots to see and explore, it's a very interactive place, staff were helpful,food in the little cafe wasn't over priced.. would definitely revisit..

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We live not too far but had never heard of the observatory before, the kids are learning about space and I wanted to find somewhere to take them, so googled local places and it popped up. We decided to go in the afternoon to explore...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Science center and it was very informative and interactive. Whilst there one of the customers had a special radio and the space center was passing over the site making it possible to hear them talking to school children. If into space etc, would...More

Thank An K
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Not what I expected. I thought it would be quite dry and technical but once you can move all the children out of the way you can have a great time playing on all the experimental machines. Absolutely spell binding for you children. Tons to...More

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you discovered The Centre and has such a great time.

Reviewed 25 September 2018

We went on Sunday when the weather was awful, wind, rain and cold. But the grandchildren didn't notice the weather, they were fascinated by the water exhibits outside. There was lots to do inside as well, fun and educational. Some of the exhibits and activities...More

Thank Elizabeth O
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your review. The Centre is operated by an educational charity without external funding. During September there has been major investment and renovation of the building frontage and interior corridor, which is now gleaming in the autumnal sunshine! We do not charge any...More

Reviewed 20 September 2018

This attraction is housed in the ground of Herstmoncaux Castle. There are lots of activities in the Science Centre to keep children entertained and educated, The grounds are lovely and there is plenty of parking, a tearoom and toilet facilities.

Thank Mary M
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your review. The science centre is operated by an educational charity in the former home of The Royal Observatory and we aim to offer Spectacular Science for all in this historic site.

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. It is a very interactive and interesting place for all the family. Lots of hands on science activities to keep children and adults entertained. Would only say take your own pack lunch as cafe is tiny.More

Thank boardmancatherine
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you all enjoyed your visit. As an historic Grade II* Listed site we have to use existing spaces for 21st Century needs - the cafe is located in the room that was an optical laboratory of...More

Reviewed 15 September 2018

Very interesting place Ideal for both adults and children. Better on a nice day so you can take a picnic

Thank fen-tigers
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Thank you for your review. We aim to offer Spectacular Science for all in this unique, historic site.

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

We attended the Astronomy Festival over the weekend and had a great time. Staff and organisers were so helpful and friendly. Facilities on site are amazing. The lectures were full of interest from subject experts. A visit to the castle is well worth the walk...More

Thank mbingloucs
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed the annual Astronomy Festival. It means a lot to the whole team to receive positive feedback and we hope you can join us for future events and activities.

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We came on a lovely sunny day and was hoping for a good day out after reading previous reviews. We were told that it was a special festival time and that meant it was slightly more expensive but it didn’t deter us at all. We...More

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2018

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed the annual Astronomy Festival. As an educational charity we strive to develop and maintain this unique attraction without funding and the festival is a major fundraiser for this Grade II* Listed historic site. We...More

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ReginaB2033
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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ReginaB2033
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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