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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
+44 1477 571766
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Thermal imaging seemed a useful addition

Visiting for the third time, we noticed more effort had been put into the presentation. It's not... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Crawley, United Kingdom
an excellent day out

I want to offset some of the negative reviews about this attraction. I went on Sunday 11/6 as a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim N
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is best-known as the home of the world-famous Lovell Telescope -A near 90m high radio telescope that has become an iconic landmark on the Cheshire landscape. Seeing the telescope up close and in action is an exhilarating sight and the Centre's interactive displays and exhibits help explain what the telescope does and how it works. The Discovery Centre also includes a cafe and gift shop, along with 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, complete with picnic areas and playground, perfect for a family day out. You'll also find a year-round events programme including live science shows taking place during school holidays, a popular evening lecture series, and the award-winning annual festival of discovery, Bluedot.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
+44 1477 571766
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visiting for the third time, we noticed more effort had been put into the presentation. It's not just about asking the management to manoeuvre the radio-telescope into a configuration you think they've never tried before.

Thank juliant919
Reviewed 1 week ago

I want to offset some of the negative reviews about this attraction. I went on Sunday 11/6 as a party of 3 adults arriving at noon. Expectations were not high due to the trip advisor reviews I had read but I am so glad they...More

2  Thank Jim N
Reviewed 1 week ago

we stopped off here on our way for a weekend break with two of our friends.we all found it very interesting and the staff well informed and knowledgable .the weather was king so we had a very good time looking arround the grounds and gardens.well...More

1  Thank CPL24TAN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Music ruined this for us - no one notable and to be honest rubbish - the aroma of the air made us giddy and it wasn't the atmosphere more like a hippie festival than a pleasant educational concert - the drum drum drum if the...More

Thank 33Annie4343
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was just passing through after a day out in the area. Hadn't been here since the children where young, so decided to pop in. It was very interesting and informative but it is aimed mostly at family's with young children Was disappointed to find the...More

Thank Frank S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a rather miserable, rainy day during the half term holidays. There are a lot of exhibitions and 'hands on' demonstrations. I just wish that there was more on the work and analysis undertaken by Jodrell (over and above the fact that it...More

1  Thank BlaydonBlunderer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Prebooked tickets online and as it was half term, there were a lot of demonstrations and talks going on so I rang and reserved places for the Science or Magic show. The kids were fascinated by this and later said it was the best part...More

1  Thank 973SimonR973
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took several children of various ages on a trip here and it was brilliant!!! We went during half term and there were extra activities on. The children were amazed at the is it science or magic demo and other demos that they saw. We...More

1  Thank Hannah G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with my family and had a great day out. Pre booked tickets which saved 10% , and we got free entry to some of the shows which was a bonus. The overall site is spotlessly clean and very spacious. Unfortunately the main radar was...More

1  Thank Peter G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The big draw is of course the Mark I Lovell telescope - what a magnificent beast and still a working instrument too. Worth the visit in itself, but the surrounding observatory with it's other telescopes (some quite large too) is a great place to visit....More

1  Thank bymax
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Is this a good indoor activity? Thinking of the wet bank holiday weather.
22 March 2016|
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Response from Jodrell_Bank | Property representative |
Yes, its great for rainy days. There are indoor exhibition and display areas, along with a cafe (with great views of the telescope) and gift shop. There are also sheltered picnic areas in the gardens. There are plenty of... More
Sarah Jane H
Hi do you welcome small children and have high chairs, my daughters nearly 2???
28 July 2015|
Response from Jodrell_Bank | Property representative |
Young families and children of all ages are very welcome. Under 4's go free to the Discovery Centre and there are lots of discounts available to families. There are also high chairs available in the cafe.