The Observatory Science Centre is home to six historical telescopes which were left behind when the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) finally closed its doors at Herstmonceux and moved to Cambridge in 1990.
Under the aegis of Science Projects Ltd an extensive programme of restoration and repair of the domes and telescopes was completed in 2004 with the aid of a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Today at least 3 of the telescopes are used during open evenings for viewing.
The telescopes are not only being used by the public on open evenings and special evening events, they are also used during twilight visits by schools and Scouting and Guiding groups. The Centre can also be hired for private evening group visits which includes viewing, weather permitting of course!
The Centre also runs 3 different evening courses aimed at adults and two different day courses one of which is aimed at families.
The rich heritage of a former world famous astronomical observatory.
Some of the country's largest working historic telescopes.
We offer 3 different evening courses aimed at adults and two different day courses one of which is aimed at families.
A fantastic opportunity to look through our historic telescopes
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The Observatory Science Centre is part of Science Projects Ltd, a company limited by guarantee registered in England No: 02186073 and a registered charity No: 298542. The registered office is 3 – 15 Stirling Road, Acton, London. W3 8DJ. UK.
Our usual parking field is temporarily closed following recent unprecedented rainfall
Please use the hardstanding car park on Wartling Road: just south of the estate entrance
Blue Badge parking bays available as usual behind the main building
All parking is free!
Please do call ahead to check......