A photograph of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

The Jodrell Bank Observatory is a British observatory that hosts a number of radio telescopes, and is part of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester. The observatory was 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. It has since played an important role in the research of meteors, quasars, pulsars, masers and gravitational lenses, and was heavily involved with the tracking of space probes at the start of the Space Age.

The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre works to inspire the scientists of the future by engaging them in the scientific research carried out at Jodrell Bank and with the stories of the creation of the Observatory and its ground breaking science.


  • Car park – Yes
  • Café – Yes
  • Accessible toilets – Yes
  • Baby change facilities – Yes
  • Free Wi-Fi – No


  • The centre is at ground level
  • Buildings are linked by pathways
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Induction loops fitted in reception, exhibition and classroom spaces

Getting There

By bike: the centre is on National Cycling Network routes 55,70, 71 and 573

By train: the nearest train station is Macclesfield, which is a 20 minute taxi journey from the centre. There is a taxi rank by the main entrance of the station

By car: please use the postcode SK11 9DW for Sat Nav. From the M6, leave at junction 18 and follow the tourist signs. The centre is just off the A345 between Chelford and Holmes Chapel


Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL

Telephone: 01477 571 766

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Accessibility information

Please call 01477 571 766 or email: linda.bennett@manchester.ac.uk

Entry price

Please note that there is an entry fee to visit