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image for Bus Route item typeCuckmere Community Bus to and from The Observatory at The Observatory Science Centre

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Bus Route

The Observatory Science Centre

The Observatory Science Centre

Contact

Pat Isteed

01323 832731

Address

Wartling Road,
Herstmonceux,
Hailsham,
East Sussex,
BN27 1RN

Details

We are delighted to be teaming up with The Cuckmere Community Bus to trial a circular service from Polegate railway station.

This has been made possible by a grant from East Sussex County Council under the Community Transport Development Fund provided by the Department for Transport.

Dates of operation are Fridays only as follows:
9th March, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July,
10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November
See website for timetable details.

The bus will drop off / pick up immediately outside the reception to The Centre.
This service will enable visitors without their own transport to visit this fantastic attraction, PLUS! If you present a valid Cuckmere Community Bus ticket (same day only) at reception, you will be entitled to a discounted admission of just £4 pp.

Bus Route: Polegate Railway Station to The Observatory

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Opening details

9th March, 13th April, 11th May, 8th June, 13th July,
10th August, 14th September, 12th October, 9th November

Location

Directions

See location of The Observatory Science Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 646103  Lat: 50.86962 Long: 0.33843

Signposted from A272 Road at Herstmonceux two miles east of village on Boreham Street to Pevensey road. Look for sign to Herstmonceux Castle on A271 or A27

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • special accessibility entrance

  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Notes

As an historic site, accessibility is very limited, especially where the telescope domes are concerned. It is provided wherever possible. In the cafe as much help as possible is given with dietary requirements. There is a special entrance with a ramp for the disabled as the main entrance is difficult.