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.
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.
June 10th - 14th and June 17th - 20th
For 9 working days East Sussex Highways are carrying out patching works on Wartling Road which will be closed to through traffic 7 am – 7 pm, but will be allowing access to both The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds. Evening / night access is unaffected and there will be no weekend working.
The Observatory Science Centre and Herstmonceux Gardens & Grounds will be open as normal and we will provide updates as necessary.