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The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 832731
Fax: 01323 832741

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Facilities

All Parking is FREE

IN THE EVENT OF WET WEATHER, PLEASE CHECK IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION ON HOME PAGE OF THIS WEBSITE, OR RING AHEAD.
There is FREE parking for all vehicles, including coaches.

There is a large grass field adjacent to The Centre with ample space for cars.  If the field is muddy you can park on the hardstanding coach area.

Coaches / minibuses / heavy vehicles should use the hardstanding coach park area which is just a short 3 minute walk from the entrance reception.
The Cafe is operatd by us: not a franchise.  It is located on the ground floor is a room that was formerly an optics laboratory and has seating for 36.

Whenever The Centre is open (day /evening) we serve delicious refreshments including home made soup, toasties, light meals and home made cakes.  There is a high chair and free bottle / baby food warming facilities.

The Gift Shop is located within the entrance reception and you can visit the shop without paying to enter The Centre: every purchase helps to support us. 

You will discover science and astronomy related gifts, books, resources and own branded merchandise suitable for all ages as well as a range of pocket money science toys and items suitable for party bags etc.

Toilets

Female and Access toilets are located on the ground floor.

Baby Change facilities are in the Access toilet room.

Male toilets are located up a short flight of stairs.

Accessibility

Free parking for drivers requiring the ramped entrance is at the rear of The Centre.  Before parking visitors are requested to purchase their admission tickets: please pull up in front of our reception. If you require assistance please sound your car horn.

Once you have your admission tickets you can proceed to park your vehicle at the rear of the building where there are spaces for 5 vehicles displaying blue badges. 

There are ramps around the site allowing access to the majority of the site. 

The Cafe, first aid, toilets and baby change facilities are all located on the ground floor.

Assistance dogs are welcome.

An attendant wheelchair can be borrowed free of charge during your visit - please ring ahead to ensure it is available.

For open evenings some of the telescopes, not open to the public during the day, are located in domes which are only accessible via narrow, steep stairs - please contact The Centre for further details.
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Picnics

You are welcome to bring your picnic to The Centre.
There are picnic benches beside the pond, and covered (un-heated) space usually available in a marquee during wet weather.

What to wear

COLD WEATHER
This is a Grade II* Listed Building with associated difficulties for heating, so we advise all visitors to wrap up warmly.....



The main corridor building is south facing so heats rapidly when the sun puts in an appearance, but it is single glazed with mny doors making it almost impossible to retain heat.

If you wish to use the outdoor exhibit areas you should wear appropriate footwear and lots of layers!
We aim to have outdoor exhibit areas open whenever it is safe to do so.

Please note: here is no heating in the telescope domes and the temperature can drop rapidly - especially if you are visiting during an open evening.

Health and Safety

The Centre is an historic site and visitors must take care at all times.
  • No unaccompanied children are admitted to The Centre and children under 17 years of age must be supervised by an adult at all times
  • The Centre is a totally non-smoking establishment with smoking only permitted in the front car park
  • No dogs are admitted except assistance dogs
  • No ‘roller type' footwear, scooters, or skateboards etc.
  • No ball games 
  • CCTV system is in operation and recording throughout the site.
  • The outdoor equipment is weather dependent.
  • The wild ducks, and especially the ducklings in springtime are really cute but please DO NOT FEED as they become aggressive.
We cannot guarantee that everything mentioned will be available on the day of your visit. The outdoor exhibit areas may not be open in all weathers.

Please ring The Centre if you wish to check any particular details.

Non-Smoking Policy

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all visitors and staff.
The Centre is therefore a non-smoking environment, including E-cigarettes.

Smokers can leave The Centre and are requested to use the car park field, well away from the buildings.