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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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult 18+£9.50
Child (4-17 years)£7.50 per ticket
Family of 4£30.50
Family of 5£36.00 per ticket

Booking advisable.
For opening times please visit the website.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • EJB9
      Trip Type:
      A hidden gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 30th October 2021
      We spent an absolutely riveting 4 hours here with our young girls. The science, observatory talks and all activities to do for the little, and not so little, ones were engaging and informative. ‘Best... Read full review
    • Vegieplot
      Copthorne, United Kingdom
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      2 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd November 2021
      Dated buildings and attraction-suitable for the younger generation maybe. Probably looked smart when built but has aged and hasn’t been maintained or looked after very well. Expensive Read full review
    • 264rebeccas
      Brighton, United Kingdom
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      A great day for all ages.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 22nd April 2022
      We visited on a lovely sunny, April day. We arrived at 10:45 and left at 16:45! Our ages ranged from 6 to 74 and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The Science Show and Observatory tour by Carol were... 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 (7 Sept 2022 - 29 Nov 2022)
    Monday - SundayOpen

    * For opening times please visit the website.


    Saturday, 28th May 2022 - Saturday, 28th May 2022

    Saturday, 18th June 2022 - Saturday, 18th June 2022

    Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

    FAMILY EVENING & PLANETARIUMFAMILY EVENING & PLANETARIUMOut-of-this-world fun at The Observatory Science Centre.
    more info

    Saturday, 2nd July 2022 - Sunday, 3rd July 2022

    HERSCHEL TO HAWKWINDHerschel to HawkwindA talk by space rock bassist and astronomer, Peter Williamson.
    more info

    Friday, 12th August 2022 - Saturday, 13th August 2022

    Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Saturday, 17th September 2022

    Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 1st October 2022

    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Saturday, 8th October 2022

    Saturday, 22nd October 2022 - Saturday, 22nd October 2022

    Friday, 4th November 2022 - Friday, 4th November 2022

    Saturday, 26th November 2022 - Saturday, 26th November 2022

    Saturday, 3rd December 2022 - Saturday, 3rd December 2022

    STARGAZING EVENINGStargazing EveningExperience the Observatory Science Centre at night.
    more info

    Saturday, 13th August 2022 - Sunday, 14th August 2022

    PERSEIDS SHOOTING STARSPerseids Shooting Stars EventSpot the Perseids meteor shower from The Observatory Science Centre.
    more info

    Saturday, 12th November 2022 - Saturday, 12th November 2022

    WINTER COMETS & CURRYWinter Comets & CurrySpot shooting stars and enjoy a warming tasty curry.
    more info


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