Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement

“.See the famous telescope up close and learn about its technology” - VisitEngland Assessor


Macclesfield, Cheshire

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Enjoy a family day out at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, for a day filled with amazement, adventure and astronomy. Explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn all about the Lovell Telescope, the world's first radio astronomy telescope and 3rd largest in the UK. With indoor and outdoor spaces, there's plenty to do whatever the weather. Visitors can spend time exploring the First Light Pavilion, which houses the interactive exhibition, "The Story of Jodrell Bank", as well as a planetarium-style Space Dome, showing free and premium Dome Shows all day. There are also two cafes on site and plenty of picnic areas within the 35 acres of trees in the arboretum. Photo credit - Dr Anthony Holloway.

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Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement
Jodrell Bank Centre for Engagement, Bomish Lane, MACCLESFIELD, Cheshire, SK11 9DL


About the area

Discover Cheshire

Nestled between the Welsh hills and Derbyshire Peaks, the Cheshire plains make an ideal location to take things slow and mess around in boats. Cheshire has more than 200 miles (302 km) of man-made waterways, more than any other county in England. The Cheshire Ring is formed from the Rochdale, Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent and Mersey and Bridgewater canals. This route takes you through a lot of Cheshire, and bits of other counties as well.

While exploring the county’s waterways, covering ground on foot or admiring the typical white plaster and black timber-frame houses, make sure to have a taste of Cheshire’s most famous produce. Although Cheddar has become Britain’s most popular cheese (accounting for over half of the cheese sales in the UK), it was once Cheshire cheese that was in every workman’s pocket back in the 18th century. Its moist, crumbly texture and slightly salty taste mean it goes well with fruit, peppers or tomatoes. As well as the usual white, there are also red and blue veined varieties.

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