The Alan Turing Building

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Jodrell Bank Observatory can be found just off the A535 between Chelford and Holmes Chapel. Junction 18 of the M6 and follow the tourist signs straight to the entrance, approximately 6 miles from the junction.

Travel and contact information


Jodrell Bank Observatory,
The University of Manchester,
SK11 9DL,
United Kingdom

Sat Nav

Nearest Post Code: SK11 9DW
Grid Reference: SJ 80452 71846
Co-ordinates: 53.243273N 2.2943808W


Phone +44 (0) 161 306 9400

By car

Jodrell Bank Observatory lies 20 miles south of Manchester on the A535 between Junctions 17 and 18 of the M6 motorway. Here is a map of the region south of Manchester and zoomed in to the area around Jodrell Bank.

Visitors driving from Manchester should follow the A34 through Wilmslow, turning right on to the A535 just before Alderley Edge Railway station. The A535 is signposted Chelford and Holmes Chapel.

Visitors arriving along the M6 should leave the motorway at Junction 18, take the A54 into Holmes Chapel, and then the A535 (Signposted Chelford). Alternatively, if arriving from the South, follow the A50 from Newcastle-under-Lyme, turning right on to the A535 at Holmes Chapel.

There is no public transport to within walking distance of the observatory. The closest railway station is Goostrey which is on the Manchester-Crewe line.


The visitors' entrance, which lies on the northerly boundary of the site, is reached by turning to the west of the A535 on to a minor road (Bomish Lane).

Sat Nav

Visitors wishing to use Sat Nav to guide them to Jodrell Bank Observatory and Visitor Centre should use postcode SK11 9DW as this will bring you to the end of Bomish Lane near to the signposted north entrance. The official postcode SK11 9DL in our postal address will unfortunately attempt to bring you in via our southern entrance which is not open to the public.

Local accommodation

There are a number of local bed & breakfast establishments, for example:

  • Bridge Farm: Farmhouse Bed & English Breakfast, 4 rooms. Tel 01477 571202.
  • Chapel Cottage: Bed & Breakfast, Dicklow Cob, Lower Withington. 3 rooms, Tel 01477 571489 email:

For lots more alternative accommodation see the accomodation search on the Visit Cheshire website. Enter 'jodrell' as a keyword or alternatively, enter Congleton or Macclesfield as a location. Jodrell Bank is just on the border of these two regions.

The accommodation is not really within easy walking distance of the observatory. If you do not have your own transport then you will need to book a taxi to the observatory.

Mobile phones

Please note mobile phones must be switched off while on site as they interfere with our radio observations.

Also see

Further travel information is provided on The Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre website.

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