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The Observatory Science Centre

| Junction of Wartling Road and Halley Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 832731
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Very interesting afternoon spent here - the kids enjoyed the hands on equipment/experiments and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Amy492
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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love it, kids and adults.

We love this place, really good interactive equipment, light, physics, gravity, space, biology... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
levelfencing
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
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“all ages” (59 reviews)
“small cafe” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
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| Junction of Wartling Road and Halley Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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+44 1323 832731
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting afternoon spent here - the kids enjoyed the hands on equipment/experiments and the staff were incredibly knowledgable throughout the talks. The site is very dated, and although I appreciate there is no funding provided, cleanliness could be improved on, especially in the toilets...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We love this place, really good interactive equipment, light, physics, gravity, space, biology, time, pressure, experiments and shows/talks. I like the history of the place as much as the current usage. Loads of stuff for the kids of most ages, entrance fee is ok, we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant. Simply brilliant. It's the same, yet with more in Discovery Park, than the last time we visited. I love it here. Two 11 year olds & a 16 year old, & we filled over 2 hours with no boredom! We could have done another...More

Thank Catherine C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Purchased tickets to Herstmonceux Castle which included the Science Centre. Worth the visit. Children will love it.

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. The Science Centre and Herstmonceux Castle are 2 separate attractions but you can purchase joint admission, making a full day. We are pleased you all enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by for a quick afternoon visit with friends as we were in the area, we enjoyed the facilities, the view and the history. Beautiful setting.

Thank GinnyKelowna
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and we are delighted you enjoyed your brief visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although aimed at the younger generation me and my husband found this place enormous fun and really brings out the kid in you!! Excellent displays, hands on exhibits and knowledgable enthusiastic staff makes this place brilliant!!

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are an educational charity and it is lovely to receive such positive, enthusiastic feedback! We aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages so we are delighted you had a great visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Alas my teenager grandchildren at 16 feel they are too old for this amazing place. However they loved it from ages 5-13 and we visited dozens of times and they didn't want to leaveMore

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Hopefully your teenage grandchildren will soon reach an age where they will want to visit again to enjoy even more Spectacular Science! We look forward to welcoming you all again in the future. Don't forget that Open Evenings offer an...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were on our way to Leeds Castle when we saw the science centre and thought we'd go there instead! Really pleased we did, lovely walk round the castle gardens and then on to the observatories. The exhibits were clearly designed with...More

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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and we are pleased you called in to visit both attractions and enjoyed your day. The Observatory Science Centre is located within the Herstmonceux estate and you can purchase joint admission tickets. The Centre is operated by a educational charity...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out, staff were friendly and informative, tour of observatory was excellent, well stocked cafe with delicious cake and welcoming staff, exhibits were educational and completely interactive, great outdoor discovery Centre and water play area, good value for money (approx. £30), fab day out...More

Thank SamDakin
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and positive feedback for visitors of all ages! We aim to offer Spectacular Science all through the summer too with our new Operation Earth science show so we hope you can visit again.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with our 4 year old. Whilst a lot of the science was beyond her understanding she still loved trying out all the experiments. Cafe good value but limited menu. It was a hot weekend but was not busy, thoroughly recommend.

Thank carolynmcv
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JO H, Manager at The Observatory Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review and positive recommendation- we aim to offer Spectacular Science for all ages, whatever the weather!

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Regina B
13 January 2017|
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Response from Jarvis B |
Usual opening hours are 10 am to 6 pm from April to September 10 am to 5 pm at other times. There is a close period for maintenance between the end of December and Mid January
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Regina B
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Response from Rebecca H | Reviewed this property |
Not entirely sure of opening times for January but we went with children aged from 18 months to 10. Probably not ideal for the youngest child but all the others (5-10) had the best time ever! As did the adults - tons to see... More
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