Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

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Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

Tel: 01477 571766

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  • Lovell Telescope Timelapse
  • The Lovell Telescpope at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • Learn about Astrophysics at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • The Planet Pavilion Cafe at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • Fun for all ages at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • Bluedot Festival returns to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
  • Varied programme of events held at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre throughout the year

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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. Book tickets here.

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
Carers - FREE
*Prices include Gift Aid

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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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • antnat77
      Basingstoke, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Rather large dishes that might surprise you!b
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 10th November 2018
      I saw the sign to this place and knew what it was, but the all of a sudden the large telescope appeared almost directly next to us. It was a surprise as it’s massive. You really need to see it to... Read full review
    • t2cps
      Darwen, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Cycle stop
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th November 2018
      Visited the cafe for a quick break on our Sunday cycle ride. The car park has been resurfaced with great pavement areas for cycling in. There are cycle racks and a cycle shed too. Cafe not overly... Read full review
    • Jesswalker1980
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 12th November 2018
      Fabulous day out with the family. I remember going I here when I was a child. Great fun day with plenty to keep the family busy Read full review



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction


    • On-Site café/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

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

    Provider Facilities

    • Toilets

    Provider Features

    • In countryside
    • Marketing Cheshire Member

    Travel & Trade

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


    • 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
    • Regional and MiscellaneousHighly Commended - Marketing Cheshire Awards Highly Commended - Marketing Cheshire Awards 2018

    Opening Times

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

    * Closed Monday 17th – Wednesday 26th December & Tuesday 31st December – Wednesday 1st January

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