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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
+44 1477 571766
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Took myself, my partner and 10year old for a day out. Hardly anything to do there, only lasted an... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hayley M
via mobile
Interesting visit to a national landmark

We called in to Jodrell Bank to break our journey as we hadn't been for a number of years. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Simon W
Walsall, 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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  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
+44 1477 571766
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took myself, my partner and 10year old for a day out. Hardly anything to do there, only lasted an hour. Very overpriced for winter time as can’t make good use of the garden and play area. Discovery centre was disappointing as not much to do,...More

Thank Hayley M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We called in to Jodrell Bank to break our journey as we hadn't been for a number of years. The first thing we noticed was the modern new buildings that had replaced some of the older ones that had been there previously.These were warm and...More

Thank Simon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started with lunch A very nice cafe homemade food better than the normal food you often get. we walked around the display and Gardens which took us about an hour. What made the day for us was the Tour, the guy that did ours...More

2  Thank Hubbard10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We live quite close to Jodrell Bank, so it is more or less an everyday sight, but when you get up close, it is awesome. We went last week for the first time into the Discovery Centre, it was free entrance, you just had to...More

Thank Linda B
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Fantastic informative day out which the whole family enjoyed! Accessible for all ages from young to old.

1  Thank Gareth F
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I felt very nostalgic revisiting Jodrell Bank after an absence of at least 25 years. The enormous radio telescopes alone are worth visiting for and you can never go far wrong with the whispering telescopes, but my children had far more fun than that. Lots...More

Thank Justine G
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

The concept is fantastic However the staff have no concept of time and working with families with young children. The Show started 30 minutes late after we had been seated, after the late start we where rushed through the rest of the evening not been...More

1  Thank Bruce K
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We attended the family star gazing experience on 2nd November a treat for husbands birthday - unfortunately it was cloudy so unable to check out the sky through the telescopes which is a risk you take. The Maccelsfield astronomy club were on hand to answer...More

Thank phineas-whatudoing
Reviewed 6 November 2017

We went to have a look at the historically important scope and I will get on to that in a minute. But I have to mention the cafe first. It's amazing!! The cakes are out of this world. We had an awesome Battenberg, covered with...More

1  Thank katy_kanga
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We had a blast at Jodrell Bank during our visit this half term. The Centre is always a good visit but there were special events on and the presentation on "space" was very interesting and entertaining for all ages. Will come back!

1  Thank HugoHackenbusch
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Claire O
28 December 2017|
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Response from lisagriffwood | Reviewed this property |
Not much but if you pick a day when the weather is good you can take a long walk around the grounds.
Martin M
5 November 2017|
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Response from SiLyn | Reviewed this property |
Yes but not many and not very good
30 July 2017|
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Response from GHBoxer | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on how much time you spend at each activity point and how much science you can or want to take in. You would need a full half day if you were to visit and tryout all activities. Some of the science is... More