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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield

Categories: Science Museums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Museums
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3.3/5 based on 800+ 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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  • 4,000,000 visitors but a first for me, perhaps everybody should visit great to see the giant telescope actually move. Facts very difficult to absorb but certainly an eye opener 
  • Not the most exciting day out to be honest. My 10 year old was enthused at first but soon became uninterested and bored. The telescope wasn't moving on this particular day which didn't help. We're not...  read more »
  • What a superb place of contrasts. They manage to inform visitors of various academic abilities of very complex subjects including radio astronomy, space travel and the relationship between time and gr...  read more »
  • Great place for a trip out. The observatory itself is amazing! A massive structure that's great to look at and wander around. The visitors centre has lots of hands on activities to teach you about space and the work they do at the observatory, good for kids but enjoyed it myself! The caf├ęs not great.. Bit messy and hipster - sweet potato fries served in a plant pot! etc, and slow when it gets busy. There's plenty of space for a picnic though with lots of tables and benches. There are also some gardens to walk around, and well managed to encourage wildlife.
  • An OK visit only. Very expensive for what it actually is. Some activities for children but not enough to keep them occupied for long. We were unable to explore the garden due to it being waterlogged, there are no paths trough most of it so walking on the grass in March is like walking through a bog. Cafe is quite good and you can use it without paying the entrance fee. You can see most of the telescopes from there, so I would save your money and just buy a coffee.
  • Old out date discovery center. Just did not feel inspired at all. I was told by a friend that this place was amazing. Maybe I was expecting the Rose Center for Earth and Space as in New York. Usually I try and find the positives in things but for me this was a waste of a day. The structure of the Lovell telescope does look impressive for ....1950s.
  • One of the most enjoyable places you can visit. Space stuff in the middle of the Cheshire countryside, what more do you want?
  • Good fun,especially for kids as there are many practical tasks and insights to experiments that they can interact with. There are also lovely gardens to go walking in as part of the site.
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