This place seemed like a hidden gem for younger families as I hadn’t come across it before, but provided several hours of fun for my family with a range of hands-on science stuff, both inside and outside, covering physics, space and optics amongst others. Plus the chance to see some parts of the observatory, although would have liked a bit more of that aspect.
Entry price seemed good value, whilst price of on-site food and gift shop also seemed reasonable.
In the short-term, probably not for those more nervous about Covid given its largely hands-on nature and inconsistent mask wearing.
In July 2021, xfactor74 said:
Took my 12 year old son here today, found it very interesting, interactive and informative..Great place..lovely picnic areas..and the show was very good. Staff good and knowledgeable
In June 2021, Mark Hewitt said:
Awesome for kids. Plenty to learn for adults too. So well cared for. Don't miss this.
In June 2021, Darren Barnett said:
Still excellent even with Covid safe measures. Almost everything is open and the staff are knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
In June 2021, Stuart Creasey said:
Is destinctly ok
In June 2021, Alexandra Parr said:
Had a lovely afternoon out here. They are only selling limited number of tickets for each session and found that it wasn't too busy this way and social distancing possible. The children loved all the interactive exhibitions and the outside area amazing!
In June 2021, Michael Hauptfleisch said:
Great day out for the family. Very educational.
In June 2021, Ruslan D said:
As promised, very good experience with activities inside and outside.
In June 2021, Joyce Winder said:
It was very interesting day out.
Very nice cheese burger with chips from the van which had a large marquee to eat them in. Lot for the children to Play on and experience science games
In June 2021, Phil Sharp said:
Took 2 (nearly) 4 year olds and they had a great time. Maybe a bit weather dependent but still plenty to do. Friendly staff, good time had by all.
In June 2021, Dave G said:
I think entrance fee is very reasonable for what you get. There are plenty of activities and some talks too. It's a really relaxed and good atmosphere which sometimes Its broken by the sounds of kids having fun loudly so if you like kids it's a great place to be. The interactive things on-site definitely make the kids (and Adults), think of how things work! I've taken my youngest a couple of times now and I think I also learn something every time. There are lots of outdoor fun so I'd check the weather before going. There is also places to order food and eat safely during these Covid-19 times. I would check the website first too as there is information about open times. I didn't do this and had to pass the time for an hour before we were allowed in. I was lucky my daughter was hungry so we popped to the local McDonald's and took it back to eat in the car whilst we had fun passing the time away. It was a great day out Daddy Thank you! is always what I love to hear. Thank you The Observatory Herstmonceux.
In June 2021, Tony Sharp said:
Interesting and masses to do. Children love it!
In May 2021, yesha shah said:
Excellent place for small minds. Lots of activities and fun games for kids to enjoy.
In May 2021, Ashley Moller said:
Fantastic day out. Lots to do and see - especially the dome tour and talk. Brilliant place to take the kids- fun and education in one place.
In May 2021, Teacher said:
We took our school children to the Observatory and they all had a fantastic time.
'The telescope was really magnificent!'
'pos: water park, playground & gift shop' MYTE
'U really enjoyed my trip to the science centre, particularly the light room.'
'Amazing!Exhibits and most of it is interactive.'
'It is awesome and the gift shop is a reasonable price'.
'HMC is awesome!'
'I loved it because it was full of interactive stuff.'
'I liked the machine in the cafe where I picked up a shape.'
In May 2021, Collette Nulty said:
Amazing building, based in Hermonceax, lovely village and no light pollution. Perfect for astronomy.. And i do beleive that this was Sir Patrick Moore's favourite English observatory.. 🔭
In May 2021, Keith Jackson said:
Interesting for adults but really aimed at younger children.
In May 2021, Tim Baaij said:
Amazing exhibit for capturing young minds
In January 2021, Sheila Chance said:
Fascinating place unfortunately no dogs allowed
In November 2020, Gary Knight said:
Great place to visit. The kids loved it and there is plenty to keep all interested for the day. Staff were all friendly and full of fun facts, would highly recommend !!
In November 2020, Louise Tapson said:
Fantastic, fascinating and full of great interactive displays and experiments for the kids, even on a rainy day they loved it!
In November 2020, Ashley Chin said:
Really interesting place for kids and grown ups alike. Lots of fun activities and staff are really friendly and helpful.
In November 2020, tigger251259 said:
Just viewed from outside , not sure if it's open to the public.
In October 2020, Elle2111 said:
The Observatory offers a lot of fun hands on activities for kids to enjoy (and some kids at heart!) - we especially enjoyed The Discovery Park which had some great things to do like a balance board and some "slap drums".
In terms of the domes, we really enjoyed the exhibit on the history of the site and some information boards/artifacts about key discoveries and we both wish there had been more of this!
The telescope talks which are run by a member of staff at regular intervals are not worth it in my opinion. They echo the same information found in the exhibits and the delivery isn't the best/most engaging.
Overall - for the history it was worth a visit, however I thought there would be more exhibits aimed at an older audience than there were. So, I would recommend to families but not necessarily for adults alone!
In October 2020, Michaela P said:
Took my young family to the science centre on a rainy morning, booking was easy online and we were shown to the disabled entrance, disabled access was over all very good, apart from the disabled toilets having a ‘cleaning in progress’ sign up for the whole two hours we were there, so my husband had to carry our son who is unable to walk Up two flights of stairs to use the men’s toilets. The science centre itself was great lots to do for children even with the two end rooms being closed. They enjoyed it very much, cafe was also very good and reasonably priced gift shop!