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“Well worth a visit”

The Observatory Science Centre
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 5 March 2011

I went here today with my wife and our two sons, aged 8 and 6. The free car park is close to the entrance and the admission charges are reasonable. There is one main building and approximately 7 domes in the same area. You can look inside three of the domes and see the incredible telescopes which are more than 100 years old and in full working order, but you can only look through them when it is dark. They offer free telescope tours at 12 noon and 2pm but unfortunately we missed both of them.
We were amazed by the number of hand-on scientific experiments and displays that they have, about 100 in total. Some are high tech electronic devices and others are old fashioned traditional gadgets. Most of them are inside but there are quite a few large interactive displays outside too, which double up as a playground too. There are picnic tables outside, and a covered picnic area as well, and a small cafe inside.
We were fascinated by a vacuum forming machine where you pay £1 to have your own choice of lettering formed into a sign as a souvenir. There is a very good gift shop, stocked with an excellent selection of astronomical items.
We spent 4 and a half hours here, we all had loads of fun. The telescopes will appeal mainly to adults but our two boys preferred all the other attractions. I would certainly recommend a trip here, especially if you have children aged 5 - 12 yrs, they will love it!

Visited March 2011
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Lymington, United Kingdom
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“Something for everyone”
Reviewed 9 September 2010

First thing do not set your satnav for the postcode on the website, takes you through some narrow lanes and too the back gate. Common mistake as there is even a notice advising you are in the wrong place. Either set manually or try and find the castle on your satnav and just use the road signs when your close.

Now thats over with, this place has lots of practical hands and body on exhibits, great fun with kids. Some are outside in the discovery park and others are inside. Taught us adults a few tings as well. Also they put on shows covering things like materials which are a bit cheesy but fun all the same.

We had one very reluctant son (not cool) and another keen as mustard to go, but after a few minutes both where running around having fun.

Probably best with at least dry weather. Free parking and plenty of areas to have your own lunch. Small cafe on site if that is your thing.

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joharris5, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review, 1 February 2011
Thank you for your review- we hope The Centre offers fun for all the family.
We operate from the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory and the dark sky site is in the middle of the beautiful Sussex countryside. The Herstmonceux Estate has only one postcode and unfortunately most GPS devices will lead you to a closed entrance. We advertise this fact as much as possible and encourage visitors to obtain directions from our own website where we have pre-programmed the correct entrance co-ordinates into a location map.
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