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I was lucky enough to attend 2 good talks (Perseids and Messier) at the Observatory in August... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
carole h
Adelaide, Australia
Very good open day !

This place was very interesting for me as I am into astronomy. If you're not into astronomy you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to attend 2 good talks (Perseids and Messier) at the Observatory in August. Terrific, informative talks, followed by impressive tours of the Observatory and its telescopes. The Observatory is a wonderful place to visit - and so convenient. Congratulations to the...More

Thank carole h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was very interesting for me as I am into astronomy. If you're not into astronomy you could be bored to tears!! The volunteers who showed us around we very nice and helpful, but something was lacking, and I don't know what it was...More

Thank Stee58
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We found out more or less by coincidence that this observatory existed, and were fortunate enough to be able to include a visit in our holiday in Devon. We visited an open afternoon, which was both enjoyable and informative. We were welcomed in their lecture...More

Thank Peter J
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Arrived when SW astronomical Observatory show was on really good . A great calendar of events year round including some evening star gazing through magnificent telescopes. We didn't pay extra for talks today ,(but we're available) but planaterium talk included in entry price and the...More

Thank Johanna T
Reviewed 8 May 2018

This is a well maintained and interesting sight to view the night sky. However, it could do with having someone on sight everyday to escort the spontaneous visitor around the observatory.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Had a Wonderful Evening , so enjoyable, informative , such a Lovly place , learnt so much , very very Fasinating. The History behind the Observiatory, seeing the Stars we had a clear night. Was quite overwhelmed by such a Lovly evening . .

Thank CHERYL818
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Were delighted to find we had arrived in Sidmouth in time for the observatory's weekly open afternoon. My Dad used to work at the planetarium in Liverpool so it was right up his street. Got a deal on a family ticket (£20 I think); the...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

We visited the observatory and had an excellent tour of the facilities, and a presentation of the pictures taken. Unfortunately we didn't get to look through a telescope.

Thank Richard B
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Lovely site, great history, but the guides were not very good, talking to themselves rather than to their audience. The afternoon tours do not cater to children.

Thank RichardTol
Reviewed 27 July 2017

Lovely and informative afternoon staffed by committed enthusiastic volunteers. Very interesting. A little hard work for young children- but my seven year old still enjoyed the lecture, the planetarium and one of the telescopes.

Thank Ladyyy2013
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