The Observatory Science Centre
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN, England, UK.
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The Observatory Science Centre is an astronomical observatory that is home to six historical telescopes which were left behind when the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO) moved to Cambridge in 1990. Several of the telescopes are used during open evenings for viewing. The 26-inch Thompson refractor was used recently by Venetia Burney-Phair to view Pluto for the very first time after naming it in 1930 as an 11 year old school girl.

There are numerous hands on science experiments and displays. There are also scientific and mathematical demonstrations and talks.

Outside there is a Discovery Park, aWater Planet which includes a Water Play area, andSoundDishes.

There is a café and gift shop.

Facilities at The Observatory Science Centre



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Places to visit nearby
Mill Hill   2.77 miles (4.46 km)
Mill Hill, Shoreham by Sea, East Sussex, BN43 5FH, England.

Mill Hill is a local nature reserve of 35 acres of unimproved chalk grassland managed by Adur District Council and South Downs Joint ...

Mill Hill © Harald Süpfle cc

Pevensey Marshes   3.21 miles (5.17 km)
Pevensey Marshes, A259, Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, BN24 6RX, England, UK.

Pevensey Marshes is a nature reserve cared for and maintained by Sussex Wildlife Trust. It is not open to the public. Access is by permit only.

Pevensey Marshes © Lee Roberts cc

Pevensey Levels National Nature Reserve   3.32 miles (5.35 km)
Sluice Lane, Normans Bay, Pevensey, East Sussex, England.

The Pevensey Levels Nature Reserve is managed by Natural England and is a small area comprising twelve fields in the heart of the Pevensey Levels - a large area of wet ...

Pevensey Levels National Nature Reserve © Ron Knight cc

Pevensey Castle   3.52 miles (5.66 km)
Pevensey Castle, Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex, BN24 5LE, England, UK.

Pevensey castle is a medieval castle and Roman fort (Anderita) dating back to the beginning of the 4th century when it was one of the last and strongest of the Roman Saxon ...

Pevensey Castle © MTM MVP arr

Norman's Bay   3.80 miles (6.12 km)
Bexhill, East Sussex, England.

A long shingle and sand beach opposite the Pevensey Levels Nature Reserve.

The beach is surrounded by mostly dry marshland.

Norman's Bay © Vicki Burton cc

Pevensey Bay Beach   3.99 miles (6.42 km)
Pevensey Bay Beach, Sea Road, Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, BN24, England, UK.

Pevensey Bay beach is a lovely, picturesque and unspoilt beach. At the top it is pebbles and shingle but fine sand and numerous of rock pools appear as the tide goes ...

Pevensey Bay Beach © MTM MVP arr

Ashburnham Park   4.17 miles (6.71 km)
Off the A271, Ashburnham, East Sussex, England, UK.

Ashburnham Park is a 100.7-hectare (249-acre) former medieval deer park.

Ashburnham Park © Nick Rowland cc

Places to stay nearby
The Cooden Beach Hotel   4.63 miles (7.46 km)
Cooden Sea Road, Cooden Beach, Bexhill, East Sussex, TN39 4TT, England, UK.
The Cooden Beach Hotel

Premier Inn Eastbourne   5.07 miles (8.15 km)
Eastbourne Premier Inn, Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 8AL, England, UK.

The Premier Inn Eastbourne is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Eastbourne

Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate)   5.23 miles (8.42 km)
Eastbourne (Polegate) Premier Inn, Polegate Bypass, Polegate, East Sussex, BN26 6QL, England, UK,

The Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate) is part of the Premier Inn group.

Premier Inn Eastbourne (Polegate)

Powder Mills Hotel   6.47 miles (10.41 km)
Powder Mills Hotel Powdermill Lane, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 OSP, England, UK.
Powder Mills Hotel

Beamsley Lodge   6.70 miles (10.79 km)

Beamsley Lodge welcomes you to relax in comfort in one of the individually decorated stylish bedrooms.

Beamsley Lodge

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