England - Cheshire

Cheshire is a lovely area of central England to the west of Derbyshire, east of Wales and south of Liverpool and Manchester with typical English farms and countryside.

Train Viaduct Near Jodrel Bank

Things to See

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Radio Telescope at Jodrell Bank

A short distance to the west of Macclesfield, Jodrell Bank is home to a number of radio telescopes and has been instrumental in many discoveries of astrophysical phenomenon. The site welcomes visitors with a number of exhibits and walks throughout the rural site. Entry tickets are valid for one year and are not terribly expensive. Pre-booking is definitely recommended.

Main Entrance From the Jodrell Town

You can visit the centre which has a number of family-friendly exhibits including the wonderful new “First Light Pavilion” which houses an exhibition on how and why the facility was created (they have dramatically used some large old panels from the telescope as projection surfaces), a “Space Dome” cinema/planetarium, as well as other temporary exhibits and a large cafe. The “Space Dome” hosts films/events throughout the day so check the schedule when you visit (some are free some you must pay for).

First Light Pavilion Inside the First Light Pavilion Exhibition

Most will want to see the massive “Lovell Telescope” at the far end of the site. Here you can get very close and, if you are lucky, see the telescope rotate before your eyes as it changes it's focus on another part of the sky.

Near to the telescope there is the “Space Pavilion” which houses both temporary exhibits and interactive displays for younger visitors. As you exit the site there is the obligatory (small) gift shop which has a small café attached as well.

Lovell Telescope

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