The Observatory Science Centre

Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN

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The Observatory Science Centre


The Observatory Science Centre is open to general visitors on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Tickets must be booked online 48 hours in advance.

They are also taking bookings for exclusive visits on the other days of the week (class bubbles, familis, stargazing evenings).


The Observatory Science Centre is one of the leading "hands-on" science centres with over 100 exhibits. As the former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, with its domes and telescopes, visitors can savour the unique atmosphere of a site where astronomers studied the heavens from 1950s to 1980s.

Explore science on a grand scale at our outside Discovery Park. Set amid beautiful countryside, the green domes provide an exciting environment with plenty of picnic space and wheelchair access.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
4 persons£27.75
5 persons£32.75 per ticket
Child£6.75 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • michaelapH5153IJ
      Trip Type:
      Lovely morning out for families
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th October 2020
      Took my young family to the science centre on a rainy morning, booking was easy online and we were shown to the disabled entrance, disabled access was over all very good, apart from the disabled... Read full review
    • Elle2111
      Corby, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Limited scope for adults but great for kids
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th October 2020
      The Observatory offers a lot of fun hands on activities for kids to enjoy (and some kids at heart!) - we especially enjoyed The Discovery Park which had some great things to do like a balance board... Read full review
    • M6495OXchrisb
      School trip to Hersmonseux Science Centre
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 27th May 2021
      We took our school children to the Observatory and they all had a fantastic time. 'The telescope was really magnificent!' 'pos: water park, playground & gift shop' MYTE 'U really enjoyed my trip to... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Signposted from A272 Road at Herstmonceux two miles east of village on Boreham Street to Pevensey road. Look for sign to Herstmonceux Castle on A271 or A27


    COVID-19 Response

    • 2m distancing in place
    • Advance booking essential
    • Capacity limit
    • Clear signage
    • Contactless payment possible
    • COVID-19 measures in place
    • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
    • COVID-19 staff training completed
    • Face mask essential (not provided)
    • Face masks required for staff in public areas
    • Facilities must be booked
    • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
    • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
    • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
    • Hygiene screens in place
    • Online booking only
    • Online booking possible
    • Open now
    • Outside seating
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Socially distanced spaced seating
    • Staff required to regularly wash hands
    • Temperature checks for visitors
    • Time limited visits

    Opening Times

    Open (7 Sept 2021 - 29 Nov 2021)
    Wednesday - SundayOpen

    * Last admission 2 hours before closing
    Discovery Park weather permitting


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