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South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

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Very interesting

Unique and interesting. Dr John Mason gives a brilliant enthusiastic talk and very informative... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chichester, United Kingdom
Absolutely fantastic.

Everyone here works really hard, it’s was such an interesting show, the dome is magnificent lit up... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
via mobile
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Sir Patrick Moore Building High School Kingsham Road | Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8AE, England
+44 1243 774400
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 April 2012

lovely place -not easy to find- very interesting. night sky display very sharp but photos used on dome poor quality repro. Be nice if invested microphone rathrer than have speaker shouting at you.

5  Thank j j
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 January 2016

Wanted to book a trip for a group of about 10 people. Called to enquire about dates of shows, facilities and whether it was possible to book the whole venue. The man who answered the phone kept interrupting me and was very abrupt. He said...More

6  Thank N L
Andrew_Copping, General Manager at South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2016

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent experience. We apologise that you received a response to your enquiry that was less than acceptable. The Planetarium is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and we have a reputation as...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 .

Thank janicebird28
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

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

Thank emma N
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

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

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

1  Thank Robert B
Reviewed 19 May 2018

I took the family here for my husband's birthday recently, including our grown up daughters and their boyfriends - we all loved it! The chap doing the talk was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was fascinating. Only downside was that we were in the...More

4  Thank Holly_M_99
Andrew_Copping, General Manager at South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2018

Thank you for the feedback Holly, we’re so happy you enjoyed the show! Please accept our apologies for the experience you had on the back row. As you may know, the planetarium is an educational charity. All of our seats (which were previously part of...More

Reviewed 3 March 2018

Really wonderful talks by the best lecturers on their subject. Amazing sky dome,,almost as good as the planetarium in London.

1  Thank Eleanor J
Reviewed 25 February 2018

We went to another showing, this time on the space station.Presented in a clear and exciting way we all learned a lot and enjoyed the visit. Run by volunteers, it is just amazing. The people on duty seem very knowledgable and helpful and it needs...More

1  Thank Aurorachichester
Reviewed 15 February 2018

Travelled from Bournemouth and arrived too early. Whilst sitting in car having lunch Andrew Copping invited us in for a cup of tea and to watch a space film. My grandchidren were thrilled to bits and I was tremendously impressed by his warm and kind...More

1  Thank mavella2015
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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.