South Downs Planetarium

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About Us

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The South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre is a unique and convenient setting for all types of corporate or private events. Situated in the City of Chichester, close to Chichester railway station and the A27, makes the venue easily accessible. The site has car parking facilities, full disabled access and is in a quiet and peaceful setting.

We provide for the following:


The facilities include a lecture theatre and Star Dome Theatre, together with Reception and Exhibition Areas.

A range of audio and video equipment is available for hire.

the lecture theatre

The South Downs Planetarium meeting room.

The main domed auditorium has seating for up to 96 people with additional space and easy access for wheelchairs. Additional space is available in the foyer and the lecture room.

The Planetarium and the associated lecture room are available for private or corporate hire every day of the week including Sundays, and we can arrange special shows tailored to individual requirements for private groups, clubs and societies during the day or in the evenings or at weekends.

Size and Capacity




The Planetarium is able to provide tea, coffee and biscuits for visiting groups if required for a small additional charge. Requirements for anything more substantial will need to be discussed at the time of booking and usually need the services of an outside caterer at the hirer's expense.

How to Book

Car Parking

There are two free car parks available.

the South Downs Planetarium car park

The South Downs Planetarium one of two car parks.

Important Information:

At the start of a Planetarium show, your eyes will take a few minutes to adapt to the dark. For this reason, latecomers cannot be admitted. To avoid this, Please ensure that your group arrives at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.

Early booking advised

As the Planetarium is quite heavily booked during the Autumn and Winter months, Please book a slot for your group visit or private function as early as you can to avoid disappointment.

Admission Prices:

Usually £8.00 for adults, and £5.00 for children between 6 and 16 years old, BUT we may offer a reduced rate for accompanying adults with youth groups.

Please NOTE that we are unable to accept credit or debit cards at present, so payment is usually by cheque or cash on the day or for corporate events we can arrange for payment on invoice.


Our shows are generally suitable for children age 6 and upwards, but for some shows with specialist content this age limit will generally be higher.

Duration of Presentation

All Shows last about one hour.


The Dome has seating for up to 96 people with additional space and easy access for wheelchairs.

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