When I was little I had a jigsaw puzzle of the British Isles. Right in the middle was a picture of the Jodrell Bank Lovell Radio Telescope. I always wanted to see it but didn’t think it was open to the public. Then, last month I was reading an article in a magazine about the telescope and the visitor centre, and I realised I would be passing nearby on my way up to my holiday in the Lake District.
The thing is huge and you can see it on the horizon long before you reach the visitor centre. The Visitor Centre is a bit of a disappointment – with just a gift shop, cafe and single exhibition room. Outside, the only thing you can see and get close to is the Lovell Telescope; there are other telescopes on the site but you can’t get near them as they are in use. There are a few things scattered around the site but nothing to keep your attention for long. You can see everything on offer within 10 minutes of entering the facility. There is also a garden you can walk around which will take up another 20 minutes or so.
So was it worth the visit? I think so, just don’t expect a day out,