Open every day 10.00am till 5.00pm (last admission 4pm)
Peak season 2013 - 4 May – 3 Nov including Easter (29th mar - 14 apr) + February half term (18-22)
Off-peak season 2013 - 4 Nov – 3 May excluding Easter (29th mar - 14 apr) + February half term (18-22)
December 18-26, 31st and 1st January 2014
PLEASE NOTE THE DISCOVERY CENTRE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE LIVE FROM JODRELL BANK MUSIC FESTIVALS ON 6TH JULY, 7TH JULY, 30TH AUGUST, 31ST AUGUST. TICKET HOLDERS PERMITTED ONLY.
The giant Lovell Telescope is an internationally renowned and awe inspiring landmark. Visitors can walk along a pathway close to the base to gain a deeper understanding into how it works and the history of Jodrell Bank.
Our Planet Path backpacks are proving to be popular!
Borrow one of our new backpacks and learn about the Solar System as you make your journey along the Planet Path. Backpacks contain a map, instruction sheet and activities to try as you stop at each planet along the way. Particularly suitable for children aged 4-10 years. Younger children may need adult assistance. Backpacks may be borrowed for 1 hour sessions from the Shop in the Planet Pavilion. Please note: This activity requires a returnable deposit of £20 or submission of credit card details.
This project has been funded by the IOP
How did the Universe begin? What is a black hole?
Our main exhibition building - the Space Pavilion allows visitors to find answers to the wonders the Universe, listen to the sounds of the Big Bang and explore the invisible Universe using a range of hands on activities.
Next to the exhibition room is our events space which provides a range of events for all the family. Ask an Expert is one of our most popular features – click here to see the events programme.
Within the Planet Pavilion you will find our Café with outside terrace which offers fantastic views of the Lovell Telescope. We also have a giftshop and a small exhibition room where you can explore our Universe and learn more about the planets using our model of the Solar System.
The Gardens are a great day out for all the family and our fully accessible pathway connects the Galaxy Garden, Space Playground and many areas of the arboretum.
The Galaxy Garden is a beautiful new addition planted to the design of TV gardener Chris Beardshaw in collaboration with Jodrell Bank Astronomer Dr Tim O'Brien.
We also hold two National Collections here - Sorbus (Whitebeam) and Malus (Ornamental Crab Apple) which have stunning displays of blossom in the spring, followed by a diverse range of berries, fruits and vivid colour in the autumn.
Whether you prefer a leisurely walk, a picnic or an adventure off the beaten track, we have something for everyone.