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 one of the leading Interactive Science Centres offering over 100 exhibits. Enjoy spectacular science amongst domes and telescopes in the former home of the Royal Observatory.

Daytime visitors can explore the outside Discovery Park and Water Play areas providing an exciting environment with picnic spaces. You may wish to join a Stargazing Evening and view some extraordinary night sky objects and discover an insight to the wonders of the world above us through historic telescopes.

Other events and activities are offered throughout the year. See upcoming events listed below.

For additional information please visit the website.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult 18+£10.95
Child (4-17 years)£8.95 per ticket
Family of 4£35.50
Family of 5£42.00 per ticket

Tickets price excludes Gift Aid.
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    Recent Reviews:

    • clairecA190ID
      Trip Type:
      Learning made fun
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 28th October 2022
      Its so interactive my boys loved it and learnt alot they found the telescope talk fascinating and enjoyed the out door play area and water play. Read full review
    • Dave T
      Horsham, United Kingdom
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      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 12th November 2022
      We arrived at 18:15 hrs trying to find the entrance in the dark, to be told it opens at 18:30. There was several domes with telescopes and was great being able to see the planets Saturn and Jupiter... Read full review
    • Andrew081
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Interesting couple of hours
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 14th January 2023
      We spend an interesting few hours at the Observatory Science Centre; the exhibits are interesting and the two talks we attended were good. It was great to see the dome roof open and the telescope... 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.

    Opening Times

    Open (Weekends Only) (28 Jan 2023 - 12 Feb 2023)
    Monday - FridayClosed
    Saturday - SundayOpen
    Bank HolidayClosed
    Open (February Half Term) (13 Feb 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
    Monday - SundayOpen

    * For opening times please visit the website.


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    Saturday, 9th December 2023 - Saturday, 9th December 2023

    Stargazing Evenings at The Observatory Science Centre, HerstmonceuxLook through some of the largest telescopes in the country at Herstmonceux.
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    Tuesday, 14th February 2023 - Tuesday, 14th February 2023

    black poster with white moon and silhouette telescope. Text says 'Moon watch'.Moon Watch workshop at The Observatory Science CentreLearn about the Magnificent Moon at The Observatory Science Centre.
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    Wednesday, 15th February 2023 - Wednesday, 15th February 2023

    Black poster with four moons. Text says 'Explore the Moon Twilight, workshop for ages 9-11'Explore The Moon Twilight at The Observatory Science CentreExplore the moon at Herstmonceux.
    more info

    Tuesday, 4th April 2023 - Tuesday, 4th April 2023

    blue poster with 'Astronaut academy' in  yellow box, and cartoon of an astronaut.Astronaut Academy at The Observatory Science Centre - HerstmonceuxA fun Easter workshop for children curious about space.
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    Wednesday, 5th April 2023 - Wednesday, 5th April 2023

    Rocket Science Workshop at The Observatory Science CentreEaster fun at Herstmonceux.
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    Tuesday, 11th April 2023 - Tuesday, 11th April 2023

    orange poster with graphics of brightly colour test tubes in a row. Says 'Fun with Chemistry' at top. To the left reads 'Ages 6-8 years'.Fun with Chemistry at The Observatory Science Centre, HerstmonceuxFascinating chemistry experiments for 6-8 year olds.
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    Wednesday, 12th April 2023 - Wednesday, 12th April 2023

    green poster with cartoon coloured chemistry flasks. Text reads "discover chemistry".Discover Chemistry at The Observatory Science CentreA chemistry workshop for 9 - 11 year olds.
    more info


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