We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

Sir Patrick Moore Building High School Kingsham Road | Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AE, England
+44 1243 774400
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Adults only event

My husband and I have had two (date nights) here. We opted for the over 18s to avoid noisy children... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
emma N
via mobile
Well worth a visit.

Very interesting afternoon. Wasn’t what I initially expected but thoroughly enjoyed it, even... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
kfamilyof6
,
London, England, United Kingdom
Read all 68 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good30%
  • Average0%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Sir Patrick Moore Building High School Kingsham Road | Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AE, England
CONTACT
Website
+44 1243 774400
Write a ReviewReviews (68)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"patrick moore"
in 6 reviews
"light pollution"
in 2 reviews
"space station"
in 2 reviews
"comfy seats"
in 2 reviews
"run by volunteers"
in 3 reviews
"any age"
in 2 reviews
"half term"
in 3 reviews
"all ages"
in 4 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 2 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"great afternoon"
in 2 reviews
"visiting chichester"
in 2 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 3 reviews
"dome"
in 14 reviews
"planets"
in 9 reviews
"mason"
in 7 reviews
"astronomy"
in 5 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 68 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have had two (date nights) here. We opted for the over 18s to avoid noisy children disrupting the show. It was full of adults letting loose their (inner child) playing on all of the Scientific games on both floors - my...More

Thank emma N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Very interesting afternoon. Wasn’t what I initially expected but thoroughly enjoyed it, even learned a bit too. Very friendly and helpful staff. Even more satisfying, my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter were gripped. I’ve never seen them so quiet for such...More

2  Thank kfamilyof6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Posted on behalf of my parents who are part of the U3A group from Hassocks, West Sussex. We recently took a trip to the South Downs Planetarium and Chichester canal centre. The afternoon was very interesting and educational. The volunteers were all extremely friendly. On...More

2  Thank Sarahskid
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 22 May 2018

I visited with a group of 28 senior citizens from a local U3A. We were on a private visit.From arrival to departure we could not have been looked after any better.All the staff are volunteers but extremely knowledgeable. The show in the Planetarium itself was...More

1  Thank Robert B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 May 2018

I took the family here for my husband's birthday recently, including our grown up daughters and their boyfriends - we all loved it! The chap doing the talk was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was fascinating. Only downside was that we were in the...More

3  Thank Holly_M_99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Andrew_Copping, General Manager at South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Thank you for the feedback Holly, we’re so happy you enjoyed the show! Please accept our apologies for the experience you had on the back row. As you may know, the planetarium is an educational charity. All of our seats (which were previously part of...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Really wonderful talks by the best lecturers on their subject. Amazing sky dome,,almost as good as the planetarium in London.

Thank Eleanor J
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 24 February 2018

We went to another showing, this time on the space station.Presented in a clear and exciting way we all learned a lot and enjoyed the visit. Run by volunteers, it is just amazing. The people on duty seem very knowledgable and helpful and it needs...More

Thank Aurorachichester
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Travelled from Bournemouth and arrived too early. Whilst sitting in car having lunch Andrew Copping invited us in for a cup of tea and to watch a space film. My grandchidren were thrilled to bits and I was tremendously impressed by his warm and kind...More

Thank mavella2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 February 2018

We got 2 cancellation tickets at the last minute and were so glad we did. The place was full and some people might find it claustrophobic until the night sky appears above you. The planetarium is everything you'd expect with comfy aircraft seats. But the...More

Thank Robert B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is a real planetarium, not a glorified cinema. The hour long presentation illustrated the night sky over Chichester that day (with small digressions for the so called "super red blue moon" that was coming). I'm still not sure I could find all the stars...More

Thank AlanandLyn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 8 hotels in Chichester
Premier Inn Chichester Hotel
1 050 reviews
.56 km away
Travelodge Chichester Central
690 reviews
.87 km away
The Nags Head
225 reviews
.88 km away
Chichester Harbour Hotel and Spa
715 reviews
1.12 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Artie's Kitchen
235 reviews
.50 km away
The Fat Fig
146 reviews
.54 km away
Wildwood
283 reviews
.54 km away
Santorini
100 reviews
.48 km away
Nearby Attractions
Chichester Cathedral
1 761 reviews
.79 km away
Bishop's Palace Gardens
377 reviews
.87 km away
Pallant House Gallery
201 reviews
.65 km away
Chichester City Walls
137 reviews
.78 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Nas B
9 August 2017|
Answer
Response from Sinead W | Reviewed this property |
It is recommended you book a place, but any time I've been there there have been plenty of seats left. I would still book in advance just in case they had the place full for a school outing or something.
0
Votes
luke r
27 February 2016|
Answer
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
The Planetarium has two easy access toilets and reserved blue badge parking. The public areas and the Star Theatre are all on one level with a gentle incline leading in. The Star Theatre has 4 places for wheelchairs for... More
1
Vote
brimoy
14 December 2015|
Answer
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
They have a free car park adjacent to the building with allocated Blue Badge/Disabled parking available - ask at the point of booking.
1
Vote
Membership_Slide_Up_Placement_on_Attraction_Review
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.
Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor