Jodrell Bank’s newest attraction, the First Light Pavilion will open its doors to visitors on Saturday 4th June and tickets are now on sale.

Lorna Harper, Deputy Director of Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement said “We’re delighted to have finally reached this moment. It’s yet another major milestone for this project and we’re looking forward to the next one when we can finally welcome visitors in to this beautiful new space”

The First Light Pavilion is part of a £21.5m development supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and has been years in the making. The architecturally stunning building takes the form of a grass-topped dome that cleverly mirrors the shape and scape of the dish of the famous Lovell Telescope.


The connection to the iconic landmark doesn’t end there, as inside, a new permanent exhibition will bring visitors into direct contact with huge sections of the authentic metal dish that has ‘listened’ to the skies since 1957. The exhibition will tell the inspirational story of Jodrell Bank’s pioneering scientists and engineers. Through a range of innovative digital displays and projections, visitors will be able to see fascinating archive materials brought together for the first time including audio, film, plans, photographs and more.

Every visitor will also have an immersive audio-visual experience in the Pavilion’s Space Dome, a state-of-the-art auditorium complete with giant curved screen. The Space Dome will also host traditional planetarium-style shows where visitors can ‘tour’ the stars and planets guided by one of Jodrell Bank’s expert Explainers.

Lorna adds: “The First Light Pavilion compliments Jodrell Bank’s existing offer and massively enhances the overall visitor experience. From 4th June, visitors will be able to engage not just with the mind-blowing science of the site, but also its internationally significant heritage.”

Tickets are priced at just £12 for adults and £8 for children. There are concession rates for over 65s and students, under 4s go free, and family groups can access great discounted rates Day ticket are available in person but any ticket purchased in advanced online is  now an Annual Ticket, meaning visitors can return within 12 months of purchase. There are options to add on extras too, including planetarium-style shows in the Space Dome. 

Lorna continues: “We’ve already started to see the bookings come in and we’re encouraging everyone to purchase their tickets in advance online to avoid queues and make the most of our new Annual Ticket offer.”

Find out more, including how to book at


Jodrell Bank
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Jodrell Bank, Cheshire

Jodrell Bank is an amazing, unique, and awe-inspiring place. A world-leading deep-space radio observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an award-winning national visitor attraction.



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