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Sited in the picturesque Cheshire countryside, Jodrell Bank Observatory and its accompanying Discovery Centre stand as a testament to humanity's insatiable thirst for knowledge and our boundless curiosity about the cosmos. This world-renowned radio observatory, situated on the University of Manchester's arboreal campus, has played a pivotal role in advancing our understanding of the universe since its establishment in the 1940s.

The centrepiece of Jodrell Bank Observatory is the Lovell Telescope, a towering feat of engineering that stands at an impressive 89 metres tall and 76 metres wide. This iconic structure is named after Sir Bernard Lovell, the founding director of the observatory, and is one of the largest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world.

During your visit to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre you will have the opportunity to explore the vast expanse of the universe through interactive exhibits, immersive displays, and informative talks delivered by knowledgeable staff members. From the fascinating story of how the Lovell Telescope was constructed to the innovative research being conducted at the observatory today, there is something to captivate and inspire every visitor.

So, whether you're a lifelong astronomy enthusiast or simply curious about the mysteries of the universe, Jodrell Bank and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre offer a unique and captivating experience that is not to be missed.

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Open hours today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Monday

    By appointment only

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • June 23, 2024 6:02 am local time

    The information on Monty's Guide website is advisory and some places have restricted access during temporary closures or special event days. Please be sure to check the website of the place you intend to visit before travelling

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