Jodrell Bank Observatory And Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank Discover Centre
Jodrell Bank Discover Centre - Photo Credit TravellingSimon Photography

Jodrell Bank is a world famous observatory, here on the doorstep of Macclesfield. The state of the art observatory is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester and was originally established in 1945 by Sir Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester who wanted to investigate cosmic rays after his work on radar during the Second World War. The main telescope at the observatory is the Lovell Telescope, which is the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world!

The centre attracts thousands of visitors every year. Enjoy a wonderful day, learn more about the big bang and explore the wonders of the universe with hands on activities and the exhibition room or discover more about the history of the Lovell Telescope and the role it plays in today’s international space programme. 

You’ll find a bumper line up of events throughout Summer 2016, including the Bluedot Festival this summer between the 22nd to 24th July 2016. For more information on events, visit their website or click here for their Facebook page –

Useful Information

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The University of Manchester
SK11 9DL
Sat nav: SK11 9DW

Telephone: 01477 571766