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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  • I've read a few negative reviews here, ignore them and bear in mind this is a real research centre, not alton towers! Its not that expensive for what it is. My only regret was we left the gardens till...  more »
  • My husband loved every aspect of the displays. I enjoyed the space travel information and the video show was excellent. The radio telescope is huge and so impressive and you can walk around the perime...  more »
  • Finally got to go to Jodrell Bank after so many years of wanting to go there.. and I was really disappointed with it. Aside from the Lovell telescope - which is breathtakingly amazing, and the whisper...  more »
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  • What's not to love? This was my first ever visit to the centre, I loved seeing the Lovell Telescope up close, but there's some really nice explanations on the work done by the scientists who work there and the continuing discoveries made by teams across the world. Well worth it. I recommend trying the 'whispering dishes' which really is the most amazing and simple practical demonstration of how well the dish works. I'd also recommend the cafeteria, too. The food is great. Nice work all. 🤖
  • I like this place as I'm in to visual telescopes and radio telescopes. Great place for the whole family. Find out when and how the BING BANG was. Pictures are breathtaking. Only 2 things which I would change is, need more hands on experiments for kids and adults, need to lower the prices of the items in the gift shop.
  • Such an amazing place, there is literally something for everyone even if your not that into space. There are beautiful gardens, play park for kids, and outdoor science experiments for big kids and little one alike. If we lived closer we would go so often.
  • Went in a group of 4 adults. The weather was great, we spent a good amount of time staring up at the the Lovell Telescope and playing with the outdoor and indoor experiments but they were not really exciting or intriguing and didn't hold my attention for long. The indoor exhibits - we only found 2 buildings that were open to the public - were dull. I was disappointed that there was no planetarium, which I remembered visiting as a child. Very underwhelming couple of hours, if that. We decided to cut our losses and leave early, however, that was after a nice cup of tea, cake and ice cream in the café.
  • Could be better. Nice place, nice gardens but a missed opportunity. Not enough to keep you busy for too long. The lecture we attended was great but the exhibits were pretty poor. Cafe was dreadful. £5 for beans on toast!
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