Group Visits

Whether you want to discover more of the stories behind Jodrell Bank and the impressive Lovell Telescope, find out about the ground-breaking science that takes place here, or enjoy a private tour of our extensive gardens and arboretum, a visit to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offers a great afternoon out for groups.

Groups are welcome to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre on weekday afternoons, during term time.

Benefits for Groups:

  • Up to 30% off admission prices for groups of 10 or more
  • Free coach parking with dedicated drop off and pick up points
  • Choice of exclusive talks and tours
  • Great value food and drink packages
  • FREE Jodrell Bank booklet for every group visitor

Scroll down to find out more, including how to make your booking

Self-guided Admission

Groups (of 10 or more) can access great savings on our admission prices by booking with us in advance. Self-guided admission will give you access to our exhibts and displays and all group members will receive a complimentary copy of the Jodrell Bank booklet.

Telescope Tour:
Groups are also welcome to join our daily Telescope Walking Tour at 3:15pm. One of our friendly explainers will take you on a gentle stroll around the base of the Lovell Telescope. Along the way, you’ll discover how it works and learn more about its world-leading research.

Admission Group Admission
Adult £8.50 £7.00
Concession £7.50 £5.00

Talks

Enhance your visit with an informative talk from one of our expert Explainers. Talks last approximately 30 minutes each, cost just £50, and are available for groups of up to 25 people (multiple bookings can be made if you have more than 25 in your group, up to maximum of 50 people)

Talk 1: The Science and Stories of Jodrell Bank

Discover the science and stories of Jodrell Bank from its early beginnings, its part in the Space Race and the role in played in the Cold War through to its current science and ground-breaking discoveries.

Talk 2: One Giant Leap: Jodrell Bank and the Race to the Moon

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing and discover the unique role that Jodrell Bank played in the historic mission. This talk includes newly released archive materials featuring aspects of both the American and Russian space programmes.

Dining

Famous for its fresh, local and sustainable produce, the Planet Pavilion Cafe offers delicious dining options for groups.

To help you plan  your visit, we’ve created a range of great value admission packages that include food and drink, freshly prepared for you on the day of your visit.

Each of the following packages include admission and your free copy of the Jodrell Bank booklet:

Light Bite Package – £13.00 per person

  • A bowl of fresh seasonal soup
  • Freshly baked savoury pastry
  • Fair-trade Tea or Coffee

Lunch Package – £14.50 per person

  • Jacket Potato with filling of your choice
  • Seasonal market salad
  • Fair-trade Tea or Coffee

Afternoon Tea Package – £16.50 per person

  • Selection of freshly prepared sandwiches with locally sourced fillings
  • Homemade scone and jam with cream
  • Dark chocolate brownie
  • Fair-trade Tea or Coffee

Special Offer: One Giant Leap Picnic Package

July 2019 will mark 50 years since humans first set foot on another celestial body. In this, the 50th anniversary year of the iconic moon landings, discover the incredible story of Jodrell Bank’s role in the race to the Moon.

Our new One Giant Leap Picnic Package is available for groups of 15-25 people. It’s priced at £18.50pp and includes admission, Jodrell Bank booklets for all group members, the One Giant Leap talk, an optional Telescope Tour and exclusive picnic catering in our Comet Lodge:

12:00 Arrive at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and begin your self-guided tour of the exhibitions
13:30 Enjoy a freshly prepared picnic lunch and exclusive use of our new Comet Lodge
14:30 Attend the One Giant Leap talk with an expert Jodrell Bank Explainer
15:15 Choose to join a Telescope Walking Tour or revisit the exhibits
16:00 Time to visit the gift shop and use the facilities
16:30 Leave

“Fascinating to learn about the history behind early space exploration and its links to Jodrell Bank.”

“Terrific! Loved the insight, audio and photos”

Shopping

Don’t forget to make time to browse our popular gift shop, packed full of unique and exclusive items including toys , books, clothing and homewares, all designed to delight and inspire.

How to Book

Step 1
Call us to check availability, 01477 571766.   We are able to take bookings in an afternoon during school term time.

Step 2
Please complete our online Booking Form.

Step 3
Once you’ve submitted the completed booking form to us, we will confirm your visit and send you an itinerary for your visit.

Please also download and complete our Risk Assessment for your trip preparations.