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The Observatory Science Centre

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Great place for fun and a bit of history

Great places for a few hours for the aficionado or casual visitor. Get there early so you can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol D
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Rainham, United Kingdom
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Very interesting experience for adults and children combined

Had a great time here. Very interesting and information is put across for the little ones to... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2018
obbble
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Hailsham, 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

Great places for a few hours for the aficionado or casual visitor. Get there early so you can enable your inner child by playing in the science hub - who doesn't like pushing buttons? The history of the centre is well presented. We also attended...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carol D
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and positive feedback. We are an interactive science centre, operating in an historic site so we aim to convey past, present and future. Don't forget you can visit when we have Open Evenings and actually view through a telescope -...More

Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

Had a great time here. Very interesting and information is put across for the little ones to understand as well as the adults... We will return one clear evening to watch the stars at night in the future

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank obbble
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and positive comments. We aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages and abilities. We have a great Membership Scheme too so we hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 6 November 2018 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..

Date of experience: November 2018
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review and positive comments. We operate our own cafe and aim to offer value for money in all areas. We hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 29 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review and positive feedback. As an educational charity we rely upon visitor income and all staff take great pride in their role, ensuring visitors have a great visit. We hope you can visit this season and enjoy an evening of clear...More

Reviewed 11 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank An K
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. There is an Amateur Radio Station just outside our entrance and their volunteers often come over to track the International Space Station etc. they are usually available when we have open evenings too

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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 19 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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.

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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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