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The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory

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Address: Llanshay Lane, Knighton LD7 1LW, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1547 520247
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Absolutely fascinating

We have just visited here, and have learnt so much. We were a group of 6 - aged 13 to 80 and we were all enthralled. Jay conducted the tour and explained how planets are formed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
JMC16WR
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Keynsham, United Kingdom
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Keynsham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We have just visited here, and have learnt so much. We were a group of 6 - aged 13 to 80 and we were all enthralled. Jay conducted the tour and explained how planets are formed, how asteroids and comets come about and the risk to our Earth in a very accessible and entertaining way. We saw the telescopes, computers,... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The place is run by a husband and wife team, both of whom have the charisma of a drawing pin. They both have a poor attitude towards visitors and stink of cigarettes. The place lacks atmosphere (no pun intended) and warmth. The most disturbing thing for me is that the man doing the actual talk (the husband) couldn't take his... More 

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J R T, Manager at The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory, responded to this review

I am hugely disappointed and rather shocked by this review. I find rudeness a bit inappropriate in such a forum, and, by the way, neither Anne nor I smoke cigarettes at all. As this lady was the only person on the tour it is not surprising that I looked at her; not to do so would be very rude. The... More 

Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I half expected a huge government installation given the vital importance of the work carried out by this and other monitoring stations, but in reality its more like a large back-garden project. This is not to belittle it in any way as I consider it to be a hugely interesting attraction and I really wish more people knew about it... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

It's a bit of an adventure just getting there, but just follow the directions and you'll be fine.As soon as you get out of your car it's obvious that the place isn't awash with money.It has the feel of a huge DIY project, and that's exactly what it is - but SOME project - WOW! Totally funded by public donation... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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331 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

The trip up the hill and through the gate to a fairly unimposing building may put some people off - but the relatively little effort involved is SO worthwhile. We learnt SO much - and it was all put across in a manner that reflected our limited knowledge of comets, asteroids and their place in our solar system. DO take... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Jay Tate has a wonderful delivery of a complex subject. He explains in lay mans terms the difference between the various objects being tracked and what has happened in the past. There is also an insight into future developments in near object detection and the possible way in overcoming impact probabilities. This was my fourth visit and each time the... More 

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Thank Keith S
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Brilliant tour with 3 kids (12 to 9) all of us were fascinated by the talk, and there's some great stuff to see. Much of the subject matter was completely new to us despite endless Science Museum etc trips. Shown by a real enthusiast, who brought it alive. Only regret is that we didn't give ourselves time to really enjoy... More 

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Thank clarex2015
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Road to Centre is a bit rough-and-ready,(particularly by motorbike), but the tour was great. I’m sure this guy must do plenty of these tours, but he still sounds interested in doing it. Dry sense of humour, and well presented. Highlight of my visit to this area. If you are in this area, just do it, it’s different and informative….. it... More 

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Very good guide explained everything so we could understand all the technical jargon,well worth another visit

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1 Thank Judith M
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

I went to Spaceguard in midwinter with snow on the ground. It was spectacular and the people there are very helpful

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