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The Observatory Science Centre

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Address: Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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I love to come back to The Observatory. They not only bring out the big kid in you but they also host a number of different events throughout the year so there is alway so much to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Lauren R
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to come back to The Observatory. They not only bring out the big kid in you but they also host a number of different events throughout the year so there is alway so much to see. We got the chance to have a tour of one of the telescopes and the guide was brilliant and very knowledgable; including... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We 3 'seniors' visited as two had a scientific background, and one(me) fancied somewhere different on a grey drizzly day...what a treat was in store for us. The historic site is full of hands-on scientific....I'm not sure whether to call them games or experiments! Whatever their name, the many, many exhibits gave us hours of fun, interest and delight. Sometimes... More 

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went as a couple with no children. Although for us it was a short visit the young ones could play for hours on the hands on exhibits. Some interesting articles and very impressive telescopes. Great architecture and plenty of space for a picnic on a summers day.

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Thank RLT1969
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went today with 11, 12 and 13 year olds. A rainy day but plenty to do inside the main building and the domes and time to play outside when the rain paused. We've been recently but kids really wanted to go again. The new orrery in one of the domes captivated me. Kids still love playing with the water... More 

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Thank Katie P
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with our 4-year-old daughter and all had a wonderful time. There is something for everyone, from the exhibits relating to the astronomical work, to the many hands-on activities that kept our daughter fascinated. We'll definitely be going back at some point, hopefully on one of the open evenings.

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Thank Stephen P
Wiltshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 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 16 February 2017

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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Thank Eugene C
Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 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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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 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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Thank David F
Hailsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 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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