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Jodrell Bank: Big Dish Big Day Out

Enjoy the thrill of getting up close to the giant Lovell Telescope and uncover the heritage of Jodrell Bank in the new First Light Pavilion. Inside this architecturally stunning building, you’ll find a bold exhibition telling the pioneering stories of the scientists that made history. Explore interactive displays as you journey from the site’s early post-war days, through the Space Race and the depths of the Cold War, to today’s world-leading discoveries.


Delve into the science of radio astronomy pioneered at Jodrell Bank Observatory, listen to the sounds of a black hole and see live signals received by our astronomers. Take a journey through the night sky in a traditional planetarium show. Explore the grounds and outdoor exhibits on the extensive, fully accessible site. Visit our café complete with a stunning terrace overlooking the site serving lunches and cream teas.

Jodrell Bank is a unique and awe-inspiring place. A world-leading radio observatory, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an award-winning visitor attraction.

Founded in 1945, Jodrell Bank’s inspirational story includes revolutionary scientific discoveries, amazing feats of engineering, the dawn of the Space Age and the creation of the Grade I listed Lovell Telescope, an icon of British science and engineering.


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