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The Observatory Science Centre

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Address: Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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+44 1323 832731
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Brilliant. Great value for money

Visited with my 2 children age 8 & 14. Lots to do inside and out. Real hands on science. Cafe and shop were well priced and staff very friendly. A great day out.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Wiltshire
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Wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited with my 2 children age 8 & 14. Lots to do inside and out. Real hands on science. Cafe and shop were well priced and staff very friendly. A great day out.

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Crowborough, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the kids here on a very cold night and the experience was enchanting. So much to see and too little time. A very interesting and educational evening for everyone including the adults. If you are in the area you have to go. There are inside and outside elements to the experience which makes it really interesting.

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Battle, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Something for all of us. Great place to learn something whilst having fun. Not just for scientists and astronomers, although you will be more interested having been here.

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Thank mjb2305
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a volunteer to an infant school in Eastbourne we visited in early February. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves by attending workshops, using the hands on science exhibits and playing outdoors in the Discovery Park. Parking was ample and free, the staff were so friendly and helpful and the children returned to school, tired but very happy! Whether an adult... More 

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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My son loves this place so much. Always wants to go back. He really enjoys the water cycle and seeing the different exhibit's aso the 3 times we have been there has been different things to look at. We have enjoyed the chats in dome E with the Thompson telescope and the staff are really good at talking to my... More 

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Thank Jayne H
Warlingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I booked the observatory for a surprise birthday treat for my dads 70th. It was absolutely magical! Due to bad weather we had to change the date quite last minute & the venue couldn't have been more accommodating. We paid to hire the whole observatory for our private party & that included up to 12 of us. For the money... More 

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Uckfi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We have recently attended a 12 week introduction to astronomy course which has been fantastic. The lecturers are all extremely passionate about their subject and engaging. There is nothing they don't know! The whole subject is fascinating. I must admit some of it was difficult to understand (without a background on physics and chemistry) but it was taught with empathy... More 

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Thank Melanie J
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive recommendation for our courses. 2017 Events & Activities are appearing on the website soon so we hope you can join us again. More 

Gravesend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

What a fantastic place for adults and children with so many things to see and do. I really enjoyed the learning process by taking part in the activities. So much to see and so much to do as well as visiting the actual observatories. The guided tour was excellent and so informative. I would highly recommend this location for the... More 

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Thank MartynDyer
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you all had a great time. We strive to offer education and entertainment, so thank you for recommending us to other families. More 

Hailsham, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Took a school party a few years ago and visited as a couple lately. Good experience both times....educational and I retesting and a lovely setting.

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Thank Chantal H
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you had a great visit on both occasions. We hope to welcome you again. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Our children had a lovely day visiting the centre our 9 year old enjoyed all the talks the cafe is reasonable many thanks once again

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We operate the cafe ourselves: an important aspect of the visitor experience. We are pleased you all enjoyed the visit. More 

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