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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield

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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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  • I want to offset some of the negative reviews about this attraction. I went on Sunday 11/6 as a party of 3 adults arriving at noon. Expectations were not high due to the trip advisor reviews I had rea...  more »
  • we stopped off here on our way for a weekend break with two of our friends.we all found it very interesting and the staff well informed and knowledgable .the weather was king so we had a very good tim...  more »
  • Music ruined this for us - no one notable and to be honest rubbish - the aroma of the air made us giddy and it wasn't the atmosphere more like a hippie festival than a pleasant educational concert - t...  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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