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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield
(3.3/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Explore the universe's mysteries and learn more about the workings of the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Challenge yourself with interactive games and explore the wonders of the solar system through the clockwork orrery. If you are traveling with young children, follow the outdoor Planet Path, where children aged 4-10 can borrow a backpack for a journey of fun, educational challenges. After wandering through the playground and arboretum of the Galaxy Gardens, experiment with sound waves at the Whispering Dishes exhibit. Inside the Space Pavilion listen to the sound of the Big Bang, and find out about the Lovell Telescope and its research via a range of hands-on activities. With our world travel planner, Macclesfield attractions like Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Loads of hands on for the kids and some really good displays. Cafe is reasonbly priced and good quality. The grounds are worth exploring and the staff are very helpful. 
  • Came a few months ago on the way back from Manchester airport, such a lovely place. Only called in for a bite to eat. 
  • Really enjoyed my visit. Very interesting and they have made things easy to understand. Lots of interactive exhibitions that help you understand. A great visit whatever your age. 
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  • Was interesting, although not as much there as I expected but was worth going. Ideal for taking a picnic as plenty places to have one, some under cover. Staff in cafe didn't seam that bothered about serving or the customers. Try to avoid the school parties as they just get in the way and fill the exhibition rooms. A few interactive things which was nice. Gardens are worth exploring as there various things in them that go with the theme of the site. Sorry no pictures as phones and electronic devices have to be off when visiting.
  • Searching space for signs of life, plotting space, interactive exhibits and some tasty refreshments. Built when Britain was great and at the forefront of the technological revolution. You may even get a good photo of Uranus. Well worth a visit.
  • Ever since I was a child in the 60s I've known of Jodrell Bank but never visited until now. What a great place for a day out. The exhibition gives lots of information and interactive exhibits. The grounds are lovely and peaceful with plenty of seating for picnicking. When we visited a group were enjoying a birthday picnic. And then there is the awesome radio telescope which on our visit moved around the sky at various times. The visitors just stopped and stared in wonder as the giant structure rotated and the dish changed it's angle to the sky. We finally visited the well stocked cafe and enjoyed a light lunch at a reasonable price. Parking is free and entrance fees to the exhibition are reasonable with some concessions.
  • Fantastic Site. The dish itself is worth the visit alone, amazing piece of engineering. The science is very accessible and definitely fun for different age groups. Good to kill perhaps 2 hours unless there is a particular event on.
  • Fantastic day out! As well as the actual telescope they have a few exhibition halls that go into the history of Jodrell Bank and space exploration. Lots of science experiments and examples to illustrate how the telescope works.