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:

    • mattyjed16
      Poole, United Kingdom
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      Science is great!
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 1st August 2022
      We visited today as a family of five, from my mother-in-law in her 70's down to our youngest child at 4 and what a great day was had by all. So much to do and the kids loved all of it. Particularly... Read full review
    • zoev876
      Trip Type:
      Excellent for all age groups and highly interactive.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 12th August 2022
      We live about 40 minutes from the science museum and about two hours from the Observatory in Hailsham. I recommend the Observatory. The last time we went to the science museum we were there for... Read full review
    • HolidaymakerfromHove
      Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Herstmonceux Observatory………
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th August 2022
      We only stopped for a quick photo but the observatory looked very interesting. Located in the same estate as the castle. Could easily combine the two for a day out. 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, 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 Evening at The Observatory Science CentreExperience the Observatory Science Centre at night.
    more info

    Monday, 17th October 2022 - Monday, 7th November 2022

    AUTUMN STAR SEARCH COURSEAutumn Star Search Course at The Observatory Science CentreLearn how to navigate the night sky using star constellations as your guide.
    more info

    Tuesday, 25th October 2022 - Tuesday, 25th October 2022

    poster with orange background and emergency tape says do not cross.Crime Detectives at The Observatory Science CentreVisit The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux
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    Wednesday, 26th October 2022 - Wednesday, 26th October 2022

    view of the worldEarth & Beyond Twilight Workshop at The Observatory Science CentreJoin a Twilight workshop at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
    more info

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

    WINTER COMETS & CURRYWinter Comets & Curry at The Observatory Science CentreSpot shooting stars and enjoy a warming tasty curry.
    more info


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