The Jodrell Bank Observatory – originally the Jodrell Bank Experimental Station and from 1966 to 1999, the Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories – hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester.
The discovery centre teaches how the Lovell telescope works. Explore the Planet Pavilion with a large scale working model of the planets of our galaxy. Explore the wonders of the Universe and find out about ‘Big Telescopes’ via a range of hands-on activities.
A short drive away from Didsbury, Jodrell Bank telescope just has to be seen!
Interesting day out for anyone if any age. Something for everyone, guided tours, hands on activities, special events on certain dates, coffee shop, small play area.
Point of Interest
“Fascinating refurbished working cotton mill, used as a real life museum. Great for kids and anyone looking to see how Manchester gained its name “cottonopolis””
“Jacobean hall and beautiful rolling countryside can be seen for miles around this superb example of a stately home. Host to the Rewind concerts and many other attractions during the year. ”
“National Trust property just outside the pretty town of Knutsford (Or Cranford if you like your Elizabeth Gaskell). Huge parkland - free to enter if you walk in from the town. Lovely gardens and impressive house. About a 25 minute drive.”