Pre-booked daytime groups £5.25 per student. Optional extras from £1 pp.
You can add a guided Telescope Tour, Workshop, Science Show or Team Challenges. All activities will be delivered in English but dialogue will be kept at an appropriate level.
Supervising adults (and coach driver) admitted FREE of charge.
Please contact The Centre to check availability on your preferred booking date. Details can be taken over the phone or you can email a booking enquiry.
Exhibits Find out more Access to the hands-on exhibits indoors and outside (weather permitting).
One of the copper clad domes houses the 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. Time to explore the exhibition is included in your visit.
From the beginning of February to the end of November.
The Centre opens daily at 10 am and closes at 5 pm in winter, 6 pm in summer.
A daytime visit is expected to last 2 - 3 hours depending on whether you book extra activities.
During term time, The Centre can be busy with school groups during the morning so, where possible we recommend that student groups visit during the afternoon.
Our Café serves refreshments, toasties, hot dogs, sandwiches & light meals etc. and lunch can be pre-ordered for your group.
Picnic spaces are located around the site.
Please tell us at the time of booking if you intend to picnic on site and we will endeavour to have an indoor space available for inclement weather.
Our Gift shop is packed with a fantastic range of souvenirs and pocket money science toys as well as science books, resources & astronomy related items.
To experience the site after normal visitor hours is an exciting experience and includes an atmospheric Telescope Tour presented to groups of students during the visit.
An enthusiastic astronomer will be on hand to answer your questions and lead you to view through an historic telescope subject to weather conditions.
£6.25 per student. Minimum charge £125.
All accompanying adults are FREE of charge.
Evening visits usually take place after 6.30 pm and end before 10.30 pm, but we can work with the times you require. Contact us to discuss options.
The Observatory Science Centre is an historic site and visitors must take care at all times....Student groups will not be admitted with insufficient adult supervision.
FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars.
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.
Payment is due in advance or on the day and is accepted by BACS, cash, credit card or cheque. (payable to 'Science Projects Ltd').
We are only able to accept a voucher system by prior agreement.
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The Observatory Science Centre is operated by 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.
7th February 2019: Welcome to our new website! We are still working on new areas and will soon launch on-line events booking and on-line shop.