The Discovery Centre is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope, built in 1957 by Sir Bernard Lovell, the world's first fully steerable radio telescope which pioneered developments in radio astronomy.
Current exhibits highlight the centre's research, including the work of the Lovell Telescope, pulsars, e-MERLIN, the CMB, black holes, gravitational lensing, stars, and the search for life.
Researchers at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics work closely with the Discovery Centre in sessions such as the daily Meet an Astronomer during school holidays, and in the series of public Lovell Lectures which are held quarterly.
Facilities include the entrance building, the Planet Pavilion, a Space Pavilion for exhibitions and events, and a glass-walled café with a view of the Lovell Telescope and an outdoor dining area, an education space, and landscaping of the gardens including a Galaxy Maze. A large orrery was installed in 2013.
The Discovery Centre has received a number of Awards since opening in 2011:
2014 Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards, Team of the Year.
2014 Shortlisted for Museum and Heritage of the Year Innovations Award : For the Jodrell Bank Projections.
2013 Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards, Tourism Event of the Year : Live from Jodrell Bank
2012 Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards, Visitor Attraction of the Year.
2012 UK Festival Awards, Extra Festival Activity Award: For 'Extreme Creativity' in initiating the Live from Jodrell Bank Science Arena.
2011 Marketing Cheshire Annual Awards, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.