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Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

Tel: 01477 571766

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About Us

Home to the world-famous Lovell Telescope, a visit to the iconic Jodrell Bank site makes for an exhilarating day out.

Seeing the near 90m high radio telescope up close and in action, is an incredible experience and the Discovery Centre’s exhibitions, interactive displays and galleries, will help you understand how it works and what it’s looking for.

Jodrell Bank also features find 35 acres of gardens and arboretum, complete with picnic areas, playground, galaxy garden, and the pop-up Potting Shed Café.

There’s an extensive gift shop too, packed full of science and space-inspired gifts, games, and books. And, don’t miss out on a visit to the Planet Pavilion Café, complete with a stunning terrace overlooking the telescope, were you’ll find delicious breakfasts, salads, stews, sandwiches, and home-made cakes.

There’s plenty of extra activity throughout the year too, including our ever-popular family science shows throughout the school holidays, an evening lecture series, and of course, the annual science and music festival Bluedot.

The Centre is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Guide Prices

Adult - £8.00
Child (4-18) - £5.95
Under 4 - FREE
Concessions (60+ and NUS) £5.95
Family (2+2) - £26.50
Family (2+3) - £31.00

*Prices include Gift Aid

Directions

Road Directions

Visiting by car: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre can be found just off the A535 between Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge, clearly signposted along the nearby roads with brown signs. We are approximately 6 miles from Junction 18 of the M6. Sat Nav users SK11 9DW

Public Transport Directions

By rail: From Goostrey. Turn right down Station Road to the church in Goostrey village. Turn right at church and follow country roads, do not turn off this road, even though you appear to be heading away from the telescope. The road goes over the railway bridge and the entrance is on the right hand side.Visiting by taxi.: Alderley Edge, Macclesfield, Knutsford and Holmes Chapel are all within a 25 minute taxi ride

TripAdvisor

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  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    377
  • Very Good
    375
  • Average
    154
  • Poor
    96
  • Terrible
    70

Recent Reviews:

  • Mike F
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    The groundbreaking work done here..
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st April 2018
    ... is very well explained with plenty of interactive exhibits. The staff are very helpful and you will know more about space and pulsars than you did before! The gardens are well kept and worth a... Read full review
  • K S
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Seriously?
    2 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th April 2018
    I took my grandmother and 2 children to Jodrell Bank and we were all so excited to see the planetarium, only to be told on site that is was no longer there! Why Not??? That was the best thing about... Read full review
  • Emily H
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Epic day out with my boys
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th April 2018
    We booked online and had to reserve a parking space due to working being undertaken in the car park. We were the first to arrive and were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff. We listened to... Read full review

Facilities

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Marketing Cheshire Member

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - minimum of 10

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year MC Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2011
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Team of the Year MC Team of the Year 2014
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Visitor Attraction of the Year Award Winner MC Visitor Attraction of the Year Award Winner 2012
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMC Tourism Event of the Year Award Winner MC Tourism Event of the Year Award Winner 2013

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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