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Welcome to The Observatory Science Centre

Spectacular interactive science & discovery among the domes and telescopes of a world famous astronomical observatory

We have a full programme of Spectacular Science for the 2023 season and look forward to welcoming you soon...

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The Observatory Science Centre is located in Herstmonceux, East Sussex.

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    PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE IN TO THE ESTATE TO PARK UNLESS YOU ARE A BLUE BADGE HOLDER: 4 Blue Badge bays are available at the back of the main building.

    The FREE car park is located on Wartling Road before you turn into the  Herstmonceux Castle Estate:

    • Approaching from the south (Eastbourne / Pevensey): the car park is on the LEFT BEFORE the entrance
    • Approaching from the north (Herstmonceux/Battle): the car park is on the RIGHT AFTER the entrance

    There is a short walk from the car park to our reception.

    If you are visiting after dark, please bring a torch.

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  • The safety and wellbeing of visitors, employees and volunteers continues to be our absolute priority.

    We want everyone to have a Spectacular visit and we encourage you to pre-book (PayPal required). We are an educational charity and your support through pre-booking really helps us to schedule our activities.

    Online booking closes at 23.59 on the evening ahead of each visit date. If you miss the deadline, or don't want to book online we can still accommodate you as day visitors; but you are welcome to call us to be certain ...

    Visit dates are released on a rolling basis...

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