Imagine the ‘wow' factor for pupils (and adults) to be seated beneath an historic telescope and to discover ‘How the telescopes have been used', ‘What we can learn from them today' and ‘How the astronomers would have worked here' when it was The Royal Observatory.
Your group will be led by a member of our team as you visit two domes housing historic telescopes. The tour includes reference to the history of the site, the copper clad domes and the logistics of operating these huge telescopes.
Principles of refraction and reflection will be shown by simple demonstrations and the tour normally incorporates a visit to 2 domes: 1 housing a refractor telescope and 1 a reflector.
It is hoped this experience will help to foster an understanding of telescopes and stimulate an interest in astronomy.
A tour costs an additional £1 per pupil, lasts approximately 40 minutes and dialogue is led by the level of the group. Minimum charge £20.
KS3 / KS4 pupils, and groups with a particular interest in physics / engineering / astronomy can book a tour to incorporate additional telescope domes and areas, depending on time and availability.
Our usual parking field is temporarily closed following unprecedented winter 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......