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The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux

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  • 14 of us went here together - ages ranges fro 3 to 54 and everyone loved it - so much to see and do - great family day out  more »
  • This attraction has the family day out and keeping the kids interested spot on! Lots of interactive displays that make you think and are immersive. The telescopes themselves are impressive and huge up...  more »
  • We went here with our two daughters, 8 and 10. Originally we were going to go to the Castle but on the way in the most obvious thing is the observatory. So we stopped for a quick diversion before goin...  more »
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  • I, and my family, love it here. The site is crammed full of hands-on science themed experiments and activities for kids, inside and out. The facility is the old observatory, which makes is at once historic, characterful and tired. But the activities and experiments are a great mix of fun - mostly physics based - and include water, magnets, space/planets, forces, electricity, light and more. Staff are keen to show you what to do and there are scheduled talks in the domes (which feature the original telescopes). The cafe is basic but functional, recommend bringing a packed lunch. For inquisitive young minds this place is tremendous and in terms of hands on things to do is FAR better than the Science Museum in London.
  • A great place to take kids for the day. Lots of interactive science displays and things to try. Science talks are quite good also.
  • A fantastic place to visit. Went here as a helper on school trip and was so good to see 6&7 year olds so excited and engaged in science!
  • The science of family fun... Great quirky place, kids will be happy here for ages, from smaller ones mine were obsessed with the large water based features / toys. Great talks and good cafĂ©.
  • I was a little dissappointed by the Science Centre. Lots of hands on exhibits covering all aspects of science but I didn't find them very well explained. I have a reasonable knowledge of basic science but had trouble explaining a lot to the child I was with. There were signs on each exhibit but I had to read a lot to understand it myself before I could explain it to the youngster.

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