Like something out of a sci-fi film – you’ll be driving through the Cheshire countryside when the crest of a massive dish comes into view over the horizon. That’s how you know you’ve found the Jodrell Bank Observatory, home to one of the world's largest radio telescopes and a great place to visit for a day of intrigue and excitement.
Jodrell Bank was conceived in 1945 by Bernard Lovell, who helped to pioneer radar during World War II. The 76-metre Lovell Telescope allowed physicists to observe cosmic rays and, since then, has been upgraded to offer an astounding view of the universe.
For visitors of all ages Jodrell Bank offers a brilliant chance to explore the wonders of science, and a lot of thought has been put into providing an experience that is both fun and educational.
Start in the Planet Pavilion to discover the fundamentals of our solar system. The displays include the world’s largest clockwork scale model of the planets, called an Orrery; simply turn the handle to see them in motion.
At the Space Pavilion you’ll discover how the dish itself works and why the information it gathers is so important. Settle in to some interesting documentaries, take the opportunity to hear what the Big Bang would have sounded like, then take part in a host of interactive activities. If you’re lucky, there may be a live talk happening in the Star Pavilion.
If all this isn't enough, there’s also a top-quality restaurant, so you can enjoy a great meal and discuss the mysteries of the universe, before walking it off in the scenic Cheshire hills just outside.