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The Observatory Science Centre

| Junction of Wartling Road and Halley Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 832731
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This would be a great place to take children there is so much for them to try out. It is well set... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Di B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Great fun

We went to visit as my partner is interested in astronomy. However I enjoyed it as well. Lovely... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Joan G
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| Junction of Wartling Road and Halley Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 832731
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This would be a great place to take children there is so much for them to try out. It is well set out and informative. There were no children there when we visited but all the adults were having a great time using all the...More

Thank Di B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to visit as my partner is interested in astronomy. However I enjoyed it as well. Lovely people who know there stuff. It all looks like a James Bond set. Lots of great experiments to play with. My sons would have loved it. Nice...More

Thank Joan G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the national observatory which moved down from Greenwich after the second world war. There is obviously an emphasis on astrophysics however the interactive science games are what make this special. Similar in quality and number of games to the 'launch pad' at the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very intetesting place, children and adults will both enjoy a visit. The children will find loads of interesting things to play with and discover and the adults would find the history, purpose and architecture quite unlike any other place. It is an...More

Thank levelfencing
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some great experiments highlighting some great physics principles that can be enjoyed at various levels for all ages. The outdoor activities are great. My 5 year old and 22 year old friend were both loving it. We came back in the evening for the star...More

Thank Azdavies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a lovely day here, lots of interesting things for kids to do in a really unique setting. The weather was lovely so we spent most of the days outside, the Discovery Park was a big hit, but there were lots of things inside...More

Thank Nicola P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my partner visited here on Sunday 28th august. We are both in our 20's, we had so much fun! It was extremely hot that day but thanks to the ice creams in the cafe we were fine :) this is the second time...More

Thank Mia B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely retro type science centre. There are not fancy hi tech activities but loads of interactive and interesting experiences for all ages. The show was ok and aimed at younger kids (younger than 9 or 10). The telescope tour was not very...More

Thank Matvl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with family, including grandchildren aged 5 and 8. Weather was a bit miserable so we spent limited time outside and inside was a bit crowded - but we had a really fabulous time, lots to do and see and of interest to wide age...More

Thank lybu
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you all had a great visit, despite the weather. The Centre does tend to be busiest on wet days, even though we have outside areas too. Hopefully you can visit and gain more inspiration for your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here on Bank Holiday Monday when, we were told, it was unusually quiet due to the medieval fair taking place at the castle. The entrance price was reasonable and children 3 and under go free. The site is well laid out with a...More

Thank Surreysmk
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Regina B
14 January 2017|
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
Regina B
14 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