Language Students

The Centre provides an opportunity for students to explore science in this unique historic setting.
One of the copper clad domes houses the exhibition 'Domes of Discovery' which brings to life the 300 year history of one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world.

Hands-on exhibits indoors and out (weather permitting) can be enjoyed at all levels of understanding and their interactive nature provides students with the opportunity to broaden their vocabulary as they 'play' and have fun. 

What is included?

  • Access to the hands-on exhibits indoors and out (weather permitting).
  • A visit to the exhibition 'Domes of Discovery- the story of The Royal Observatory' which brings to life the 300 year history of one of the most famous scientific institutions in the world.
  • A Telescope Tour (small additional charge). This will be given in English and can be kept at a simple level for ease of understanding.  For groups of 25+ it would be recommended for 2 or more separate tours to take place.
  • Further options can be discussed and could include a fun workshop or science show (small additional charge).
  • Cost and How to Book

    Cost for pre-booked groups
    £5.25 per student
    Guided Tour of the Telescopes £1 per student

    Supervising adults admitted FREE of charge.
    Coach driver FREE entry.

    Groups can visit from the beginning of February to the end of November. 
    The Centre closes at 5 pm in the winter and 6 pm in the summer. 
    A visit is expected to last 2 - 3 hours depending on whether you book a telescope tour.

    Please contact The Centre to check availability on a preferred booking date.  Details can be taken over the phone, or you can fax or email a booking enquiry.
    All bookings will be confirmed by The Centre.
    Payment is due in advance or on the day and is accepted by BACS, cash, credit card or cheque. (payable to 'Science Projects Ltd'). We are only able to accept a voucher system by prior agreement.

    Telephone: 01323 832731

    Important Information and Facilities

    The Observatory Science Centre is an historic site and visitors must take care at all times.
    • Student groups will not be admitted with insufficient adult supervision.
    • There is ample FREE parking for coaches, minibuses & cars.
    • There is plenty of picnic space around the site. Please tell us at the time of booking if you intend to picnic on site and we will endeavour to have an indoor space available for inclement weather.
    • Café serving refreshments, sandwiches & light meals etc (lunch boxes can be pre-ordered).
    • Gift shop packed with a fantastic range of pocket money science toys & souvenirs as well as science books, resources & astronomy related items.
    • We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers who will lead your booked workshops / tours etc. All have a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Certificate and many are registered as STEM Ambassadors.
    • The Centre is a NON-SMOKING site, which includes e-cigarettes
    • CCTV is operating and recording throughout the site.
    • Risk Assessments for the site in general, exhibits, activities etc are all available as downloads.
    During term time The Centre can be busy with visiting school groups during the morning, so where possible we recommend that student language groups plan to visit during the afternoon. 

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