Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield

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. To visit Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and get the most from your holiday in Macclesfield, create itinerary details personal to you using our Macclesfield road trip planning website .
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  • We went on an 'ask the expert' day where there's a short lecture plus a q&a. This was excellent, as was the science show. There's an interactive exhibition that is probably suitable for 9+ year olds, ...  more »
  • A good place to visit. The tours and talks by students were really good. Gardens are nice and we liked the cafe.  more »
  • Had a really nice day here, plenty to do, guided walk with Jenny was fantastic!! And the science show was good too! Cafe was nice too!  more »
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  • A great place to learn some science or to take a walk around some beautiful gardens. This is a lovely place made with heart and real honest science. But it could use a lick of paint here and there. Beside the Lovell telescope, which you can get very close to but not enter, there is a science discovery centre with hands-on exhibits for the kids. They also run some very good science presentations. Check the schedule for what's on and when. There's also a large, well kept, garden area and a small cafe.
  • Some aspects of the centre could do with a little sprucing-up but this, in no way, detracts from​ the wealth of information available about The Lovell Radio-telescope and the science with which it is associated. Car parking is free and there is a reasonable number of 'blue badge' bays. The site is flat and access for anyone with physical disabilities shouldn't be a problem. This isn't a Disney attraction but much effort has been put into making the visit fun and informative for kids of all ages. The centre's cafe can easily get crowded but the food is very good and reasonably priced.
  • Very good if you don't get stuck around a school group. Also when I arrived the lady at the front desk was doing excellent customer service with an older couple but the moment I walked to the desk she seemed very dismissive, as if she didn't want to deal with anyone in their 20's so I personally didn't feel very welcomed there by her.
  • Planned a visit with friends and family with a 5 -6 year old boy who found the place fascinating. Great place to visit for both dry and wet weather, good cafe , but above all, some highly entertaining "hands-on" exhibits for adults and youngsters. Just a shame that a number of these exhibits were broken. Shop was a bit small especially considering what could be sold. Pity we didn't see any adult telescopes for sale; perhaps a missed opportunity here. Could do with some more money spent on upkeep and a re-vamp
  • Fantastic telescope and a unique day out. Gardens were a bit disappointing and could do with better upkeep. The play area is not suitable for under 4s which was a shame. Science show was very good but the token system is a bit annoying.

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