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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
+44 1477 571766
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Came here with teenager and grandma, both were entertained. Fascinating place, easily explained... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mary S
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No longer a magical place!

It has been many years since we last visited with our children, visited today with Grandchildren... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre is best-known as the home of the world-famous Lovell Telescope -A near 90m high radio telescope that has become an iconic landmark on the Cheshire landscape. Seeing the telescope up close and in action is an exhilarating sight and the Centre's interactive displays and exhibits help explain what the telescope does and how it works. The Discovery Centre also includes a cafe and gift shop, along with 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, complete with picnic areas and playground, perfect for a family day out. You'll also find a year-round events programme including live science shows taking place during school holidays, a popular evening lecture series, and the award-winning annual festival of discovery, Bluedot.
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| The University of Manchester, Macclesfield SK11 9DL, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came here with teenager and grandma, both were entertained. Fascinating place, easily explained and lots to see. Cafe was fab, well run with polite helpful staff. Recommend a visit.

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It has been many years since we last visited with our children, visited today with Grandchildren and it has changed but not for the better. Most things were outside which is ok if the sun is shining but inside there is not enough to do...More

Thank LancashirePolly
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit - a very interesting Discovery Centre and cafe. And we were lucky that the telescope moved a long way while we were viewing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love visiting Jodrell Bank, it's a fab day out. We've been three times now & will keep going back on a regular basis as we learn new information each time. The location is fabulous, out in the middle of the countryside which makes it...More

Thank Andrea D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant! My kids had a ball! The audio parabolic array was a favourite! Allow 3 hours with pre teens.

Thank templemad
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here as a small child many years ago. Always remembered it being a magical place with lots to do. Unfortunately as an adult it was quite the opposite, the dish itself is very impressive but there isn't enough to do to at the place....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jodrell Bank was fine, not loads to keep an almost 4 year old interested but we enjoyed the trip out until we went to the cafe for lunch! I would honestly take a picnic or eat elsewhere! I ordered a jacket potato which was hard...More

Thank lizgell
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying at local hotel so decided to visit here as something to do. The Lovell telescope is very impressive, it was moved position whilst we were there. There were several school trips so each of the pavilions had a class in. The gardens...More

Thank Sarabennett
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Took myself, my partner and 10year old for a day out. Hardly anything to do there, only lasted an hour. Very overpriced for winter time as can’t make good use of the garden and play area. Discovery centre was disappointing as not much to do,...More

2  Thank Hayley M
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We called in to Jodrell Bank to break our journey as we hadn't been for a number of years. The first thing we noticed was the modern new buildings that had replaced some of the older ones that had been there previously.These were warm and...More

Thank Simon W
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Claire O
27 December 2017|
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Response from lisagriffwood | Reviewed this property |
Not much but if you pick a day when the weather is good you can take a long walk around the grounds.
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Martin M
5 November 2017|
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Response from SiLyn | Reviewed this property |
Yes but not many and not very good
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preesallgirl
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Response from GHBoxer | Reviewed this property |
It really depends on how much time you spend at each activity point and how much science you can or want to take in. You would need a full half day if you were to visit and tryout all activities. Some of the science is... More
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