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South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

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A place definably worth visiting

Such an engaging talk about the winter sky, presented by John Mason, who simply oozes enthusiasm... read more

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What a brilliant thing to do on Christmas Eve! Dr John Mason took us on a fascinating tour of the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Sir Patrick Moore Building High School Kingsham Road | Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AE, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Such an engaging talk about the winter sky, presented by John Mason, who simply oozes enthusiasm. Thank you Jihn, nice to see the planetarium projector from Ireland has.been put to such good use and even better to see a full auditorium. Hopefully so many people...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a brilliant thing to do on Christmas Eve! Dr John Mason took us on a fascinating tour of the night sky, from today in Chichester to the night sky as the Wise Men of Jesus day saw it. Drawing on historical, scientific, astronomic and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much John Mason and the wonderful volunteers, we had an amazing time. John has an incredible animated voice, he had the Beavers (aged 6-8) hanging on every word. They were so quiet and focused for the whole show. No small feat for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

We have been going to this planetarium for many years and it is always an enjoyable experience. Although we now live many miles away, whenever we find ourselves in Chichester we always look to see if there is show on to go to. John is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

Unique and interesting. Dr John Mason gives a brilliant enthusiastic talk and very informative. Look online for what is on and where to buy tickets .

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Everyone here works really hard, it’s was such an interesting show, the dome is magnificent lit up and you really feel you have been transported into space! Comfy seats and we will def be returning with all the family, young and old. Absolutely something for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Zigzag233
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have had two (date nights) here. We opted for the over 18s to avoid noisy children disrupting the show. It was full of adults letting loose their (inner child) playing on all of the Scientific games on both floors - my...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Very interesting afternoon. Wasn’t what I initially expected but thoroughly enjoyed it, even learned a bit too. Very friendly and helpful staff. Even more satisfying, my 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter were gripped. I’ve never seen them so quiet for such...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank kfamilyof6
Reviewed 26 May 2018

Posted on behalf of my parents who are part of the U3A group from Hassocks, West Sussex. We recently took a trip to the South Downs Planetarium and Chichester canal centre. The afternoon was very interesting and educational. The volunteers were all extremely friendly. On...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank Sarahskid
Reviewed 23 May 2018

I visited with a group of 28 senior citizens from a local U3A. We were on a private visit.From arrival to departure we could not have been looked after any better.All the staff are volunteers but extremely knowledgeable. The show in the Planetarium itself was...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Nas B
9 August 2017|
Response from Sinead W | Reviewed this property |
It is recommended you book a place, but any time I've been there there have been plenty of seats left. I would still book in advance just in case they had the place full for a school outing or something.
luke r
27 February 2016|
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
The Planetarium has two easy access toilets and reserved blue badge parking. The public areas and the Star Theatre are all on one level with a gentle incline leading in. The Star Theatre has 4 places for wheelchairs for... More
15 December 2015|
Response from BetaCastrolectomer |
They have a free car park adjacent to the building with allocated Blue Badge/Disabled parking available - ask at the point of booking.