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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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Science centre

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Jayne H
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Thank tickner1989
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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I work in a school and we came here on a school trip with children in years 3 and 4. I can honestly say that this is one of the best school trips that i've been on. There was so much for the children to get stuck in to. The staff were friendly and all the areas were very clean... More 

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

Thank you for your review and positive recommendation to other school groups. We aim to offer value, fun, education and Spectacular Science in this amazing historic site and staff / volunteers are all passionate about their involvement, so your positive feedback will be shared by all. More 

Hailsham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

When I volunteered at a beavers club we took the group here for an evening and they loved it, there is loads for them to do including an outside playground with interesting frames etc. Inside there are lots of interactive things for them which makes the learning exciting for them!

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

Thank you for your review and positive recommendation for other scouting / guiding groups. We offer 2 dedicated weeks each season when we help with 'science' or 'astronomy' badges.. do check the website for 2017 information and we hope you can visit again. More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We visited the Observatory and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The information and activities were fun and engaging, suitable for young and old. The family loved it!

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Thank L8349PSsuzannem
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and positive recommendation. We are delighted your whole family had a great visit and we hope to welcome you again in the future. More 

Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Took my 2.5 year old son thinking he wouldn't enjoy it. How wrong I was. Really great science centre which we enjoyed as much as he did :) Great outdoor stuff as well as indoor and very nice staff. Lovely visit.

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Thank sawshark1
JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We don't charge admission until children are 4+ and it's great that your son proved you're never too young to start science fun and education! We hope you can visit again. More 

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