The Observatory Science Centre
The Observatory Science Centre is one of the UK's leading science centres. Explore science, space and astronomy with over 100 exhibits, both inside and out, amongst the domes and telescopes of a world-famous astronomical observatory.
The Centre is open every day from Saturday 31st January to Sunday 29th November 2015.
PLUS January weekends: 17th / 18th and 24th / 25th and December weekends: 5th / 6th and 12th / 13th
Adult (with gift aid) £8.80 (without gift aid) £8.00
Child (4-16 yrs) (with gift aid) £6.80 (without gift aid) £6.15
Senior (with gift aid) £7.10 (without gift aid) £6.45
Family of 4 (with gift aid) £27.75 (without gift aid) £25.20. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children
Family of 5 (with gift aid) £31.60 (without gift aid) £28.70. Maximum 2 Adults
2 adults + 3 children or 1 adult + 4 children
Observatory Open Evenings
- 28 November 2015 6:30-11pm *on now
- 12 December 2015 6:30-11pm
Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments.
The Open Evenings will run from 6.30pm - 11pm on specific dates:
OCTOBER: 3rd, 24th and 31st
NOVEMBER: 13th and 28th
Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey.
Please note that some of the telescopes used on open evenings are not available to the public during the day and are only accessible by narrow steep stairs - if you have mobility issues please contact the centre for further details if required. The Centre is also unsuitable for prams and pushchairs during Open Evenings.
WARNING! Our site is very dark and we keep lighting to a minimum to preserve night vision and make sure you have the best possible experience in terms of viewing the night sky. There are high walkways, ramps and steps throughout the Centre PLEASE BRING A TORCH and wear sensible footwear. However, we strongly encourage people not to use white light torches especially in the domes as this destroys night vision, therefore we would ask you to use red light torches if you have one (red light torches can be purchased in our shop). We also recommend warm clothing.
PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT bring laser pointers into The Centre. Our staff and volunteers do use laser pointers as teaching aids but they adhere to strict rules and regulations about their use within The Centre and therefore they are controlled. Laser pointers can be dangerous especially if misused.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Child (4-16years):£6.15, Adult: £8, Senior: £6.45, Family of 4 £25.20, Family of 5 £28.70, Members: Free, Carers (ID required): Free
Observatory Science Centre - Open Evenings
Open Evenings 2010 & 2011
Are you interested in the night sky? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look at the stars, planets and the moon through some of the country's largest telescopes? Well here is your opportunity! Come and join us on our open evenings and take a glimpse of what it would have been like to use these amazing instruments. This year our Open evenings will be held on selected Saturdays during winter, spring and autumn (unless otherwise stated).
Viewing is subject to weather conditions. Please check the local weather before embarking on a long journey
How to obtain
No booking required for Open Evenings - just turn up before 8pm please phone the Centre first to check weather conditions
The Observatory Science Centre