The Observatory Science Centre

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

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The Observatory Science Centre

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The Observatory Science Centre is one of the country's leading interactive science centres …

This unique attraction opened in 1995 with the vision to establish a place where people could explore, discover and learn for themselves. Sir Patrick Moore jubilantly declared that the Observatory had been ‘Saved for Science’.

It has gone from strength to strength celebrating spectacular science and discovery amongst the iconic domes and telescopes in the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory. The restoration of the Grade II* Listed building and historic telescopes has been described as a ‘labour of love unfolding in the Sussex countryside’ … 

Visitors of all ages and abilities explore over 100 interactive exhibits (indoors and out), join telescope tours, science shows and seasonal activities. Regular events include an annual Astronomy Festival in September, workshops for children and courses for adults (Star Search, Telescope Clinic, Night Sky Photography etc.).

Evening visitors experience the awe and wonder of the night sky (weather permitting!) viewing through historic telescopes assisted by knowledgeable volunteers.

Incredibly you can be married beneath an historic telescope: a truly memorable celebration venue.


The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a non-profit company with charitable status (No: 298542) dedicated to the promotion of science for everyone, specialising in the design and construction of interactive exhibits both in the UK and overseas.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult 18+£11.50
Child (4-17 years)£9.50 per ticket
Family of 4£36.75
Family of 5£44.25 per ticket
Senior£10.50

• Prices on the door. Book in advance for reduced rate.
• Tickets price excludes Gift Aid.
• 0-3 years go free.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • laureneroffey
      Worthing, United Kingdom
      Wonderful day out, would recommend.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 5th April 2024
      We had an absolutely fantastic day out at the Science Centre this week. All the staff were friendly, informative, and keen to help. Everything was set out in a way so easy to understand and... Read full review
    • Davide C
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A pleasant discovery
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 19th May 2024
      I visited here on an organised group trip, and as I never heard of the place before, I was intrigued on what would be on offer. The site is impressive with the domes dotted around (including a hidden... Read full review
    • simon343343
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Lots of interaction for children to discover science
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 8th June 2024
      We visited here with our 2 1/2 year old and had a great time. There is loads of interactive things for kids of all ages to do. It’s interesting to find out about the history of the site. The cafe was... 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

    Summer opening times (24 May 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

    * Please check the website for opening times in case of any closures for private events. Winter opening times vary.

    Events

    Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

    Sunday, 23rd June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

    Poster for science festivalSCIENCE FESTIVAL at The Observatory Science CentreCelebrate the start of summer with a weekend full of spectacular science.
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    Saturday, 6th July 2024 - Sunday, 7th July 2024

    Purple text poster for quiz night and stargazing.QUIZ NIGHT & STARGAZINGQuiz night and stargazing at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Tuesday, 30th July 2024 - Tuesday, 30th July 2024

    Crime Detectives - The Observatory Science, Herstmonceux
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    Wednesday, 31st July 2024 - Wednesday, 31st July 2024

    poster for Rocket ScienceRocket Science workshopsDiscover Rocket Science at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Tuesday, 6th August 2024 - Tuesday, 6th August 2024

    World of ColourWorld of Colour - The Observatory Science Centre, HerstmonceuxThis colourful, fun workshop aims to discover in a creative, hands on way, how important our world of colour is.
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    Thursday, 8th August 2024 - Thursday, 8th August 2024

    Our Sensational Solar SystemFind out all about the solar system at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Friday, 9th August 2024 - Saturday, 10th August 2024

    Friday, 30th August 2024 - Friday, 30th August 2024

    Saturday, 31st August 2024 - Saturday, 31st August 2024

    Saturday, 28th September 2024 - Saturday, 28th September 2024

    Saturday, 12th October 2024 - Saturday, 12th October 2024

    Saturday, 26th October 2024 - Saturday, 26th October 2024

    Saturday, 2nd November 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

    Saturday, 9th November 2024 - Saturday, 9th November 2024

    Friday, 15th November 2024 - Friday, 15th November 2024

    Saturday, 30th November 2024 - Saturday, 30th November 2024

    Saturday, 7th December 2024 - Saturday, 7th December 2024

    Poster for Stargazing evenings at Herstmonceux.Stargazing EveningsStargazing evenings at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Saturday, 10th August 2024 - Sunday, 11th August 2024

    Poster for Perseids Shooting Stars.Perseids Shooting StarsBe an astronomer for the evening with the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Tuesday, 13th August 2024 - Tuesday, 13th August 2024

    Your Body: How it Works! - The Observatory Science Centre, HerstmonceuxA facinating workshop looking at how the body actually works.
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    Tuesday, 20th August 2024 - Tuesday, 20th August 2024

    Cool Chemistry - The Observatory Science Centre, HerstmonceuxA full day workshop for 6-8 year olds.
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    Wednesday, 21st August 2024 - Wednesday, 21st August 2024

    The Chemistry LabJoin in a full day workshop for age 9-11 year olds.
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    Sunday, 22nd September 2024 - Sunday, 22nd September 2024

    Night sky photography at Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre.Night Sky PhotographyLearn to photograph the stars at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Monday, 14th October 2024 - Monday, 4th November 2024

    orange poster with silhouette of observatory for star search course at herstmonceuxSTAR SEARCH COURSESJoin a Star Search course at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Thursday, 7th November 2024 - Thursday, 5th December 2024

    Astronomy course posterBack to Basics AstronomyAn introductory course in astronomy at The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
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    Sunday, 10th November 2024 - Sunday, 10th November 2024

    Telescope ClinicTelescope ClinicA course at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux.
    more info

    Saturday, 16th November 2024 - Sunday, 17th November 2024

    Poster for Leonids Shooting StarsLeonids Shooting StarsLearn all about the Leonids meteor shower before heading out to spot it!
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