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In 2019, in recognition of its internationally significant science, heritage and cultural impact, Jodrell Bank Observatory was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
Whether you want to discover more of the stories behind this globally significant site, or explore the ground-breaking science that takes place here, a visit to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offers an inspirational afternoon out for adult groups.
Groups of 10+ are welcome to visit on weekday afternoons during term time. By booking in advance, groups can access a range of benefits including:
- Discounted rates on admission (£1 off admission prices)
- Free coach parking with dedicated drop off and pick up points
- One complimentary ticket (for your coach driver or trip organiser) for groups of 10+ and two free tickets for groups of over 30 people
- Choice of entertaining and informative talks just for you and your group
- Option to purchase pre-paid vouchers to spend in The Planet Café
- A personal welcome from our Visitor Services team when you arrive.
Self-guided admission will give you access to the Discovery Centre including grounds and exhibits, you’ll also be able to take part in our popular daily Telescope Walking Tour (2:30pm)
|Concessions (Over 65s)||£7.50||£6.50|
Add a Talk
Why not enhance your visit with an informative talk from one of our expert Explainers? Talks take place at 3:15pm, cost £60, are delivered in our private events space, and last approximately 45 minutes including time for questions.
One Giant Leap: Jodrell Bank and the Space Race
Jodrell Bank has been at the heart of ground-breaking science and space exploration for over 70 years and its incredible story incorporates iconic moments in recent history including the dawn of the Space Race and the Cold War.
In this popular talk, you’ll discover more about Jodrell Bank’s role in the Space Race and the events that led to humanity’s first steps on another celestial body –the 1969 Moon landing.
Using audio-visual material from the Jodrell Bank archives, you’ll learn that the powerful telescopes here were the best in the world for picking up signals from spacecraft, and discover how Jodrell Bank was formally involved in tracking, and independently verifying both US and Soviet missions.
Jodrell Bank: 75 years of Science (available from April 2020)
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Jodrell Bank Observatory. Since 1945, this globally significant site has been at the heart of ground-breaking and world-leading scientific research.
In our brand new talk, you’ll explore Jodrell Bank’s 75 years of awe-inspiring science. Join us on a whistle stop tour from the early breakthroughs in radio astronomy, through the dawn of the Space Race and the height of the Cold War, to today’s cutting-edge technologies and latest discoveries.
Now recognised by the international community as a site of Outstanding Universal Value, Jodrell Bank Observatory is the UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was inscribed on to the World Heritage list in 2019, in recognition of its globally significant science, heritage and cultural impact.
Shopping and Dining
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.
Meanwhile, a visit to Jodrell Bank isn’t complete without a stop in The Planet Café. With a focus on fresh, local and sustainable food, pop in for a tasty sandwich, warming soup or delicious cake.
Group organisers can arrange for pre-paid café vouchers at either £5, £8 or £10 per person. Click here to find out more about our café and view sample menus.
Coaches can park for free at Jodrell Bank and there are dedicated parking spaces near the entrance.
There is a charge for cars of £4 per vehicle per day and group organisers can arrange pre-paid parking in advance.
All our buildings are fully accessible, and exhibits and displays are all on ground level. The gardens and buildings are linked with surfaced pathways and wheelchairs can be made available on request. We also have induction loops available for hearing aid users.
First Light at Jodrell Bank
Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the First Light Project will conserve and restore the heritage of Jodrell Bank and create a spectacular new gallery and auditorium in which visitors can engage with and learn about the site’s incredible history.
The project is due for completion in 2021 and involves the construction of a major new building in the gardens. While the building work will not affect your visit, it is a current and ongoing project and parts of the gardens will not be publicly accessible. You can still explore our outdoor spaces while you’re here including our tree collection, ponds, apiary and bird hide.
How to Book
Call us to check availability, 01477 571766. We are able to take bookings in an afternoon during school term time.
Please complete our online Booking Form.
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.