From re-opening on 18th August 2020 you can exclusively book The Observatory Science Centre: Morning / Afternoon / Evening.
Group packages offered before lockdown are currently unavailable but this situation may change subject to Government guidelines.
Cost for pre-booked groups 15+ (excluding school groups)
Senior (65+) £7.50
Child (4 - 17 yrs) £6.50
Private Tour of the Telescopes £1.50 pp Minimum charge £30
Private Science Show £1.50 pp Minimum charge £30
Coach driver FREE entry
Special Needs Groups
1-1 FREE entry (ID required) for essential carers.
As an historic site, access is possible to most, but not all areas. Our toilet facilities now include hoist and height adjustable bed; please contact us for more information.
Access to the hands-on exhibits indoors and out (weather permitting).
Opportunity to visit our exhibition 'Domes of Discovery- the story of The Royal Observatory' which brings to life the 300 year history of one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world.
Optional private Telescope Tour, Science Show or Workshop (small additional charge).
Groups and societies with a particular affiliation to astronomy or engineering may like to book an extended private tour which will include the domes not normally open to the public. This costs £1.50 pp, minimum charge £30
We operate our own cafe and catering unit 'The Launch Box': every booking helps to support our charity.
Catering options can be discussed from morning coffee & bacon baps, to buffet lunches, burger & fries, and traditional home made cream teas and cakes.
We have a choice of marquee etc usually available for private groups which can be as formal / informal as you wish.
There is also plenty of picnic space around the site.
Group organisers are welcome to a complimentary visit to The Centre to check the facilities and discuss arrangements etc. but please call us in advance. If you cannot pre-book a complimentary visit we will do our best to make a member of staff available to answer your questions.
There is ample FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars.
We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who will lead your booked workshops / tours etc. All have a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate and many are registered STEM Ambassadors.
The Centre is a NON-SMOKING site, which includes e-cigarettes.
CCTV is operating throughout the site.
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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.