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The offices of the SKA are not open to the public, but you may write to us or contact us at the following address

SKA Organisation
Jodrell Bank Observatory
Lower Withington
Cheshire, SK11 9DL, UK

Registered in England & Wales
Company Number: 07881918

If you wish to email us about any matters relating to the SKA or this website, please contact us via


Telephone enquiries relating to the SKA, please contact us at

tel: +44 (0)161 306 9600

Below is a map showing the location of the SKA Organisation Headquarters (B) when coming from Manchester (A). Click on the button below to enlarge it and use the route options if you are visiting the SKA offices (by appointment only)


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All About the SKA’s Home


Manchester is one of the UK’s largest metropolitan conurbations, set in the northwest region of England in the ancient county of Lancashire, on the west side of the Pennine Hills. It is a city of the Industrial Revolution. It was born through enterprise, industry and the establishment of the textile mills through which it became prosperous and world famous – the providential coincidence of climate, natural resources and geography, the inventiveness of its people, the early building of transport infrastructures, and a powerful industrial entrepreneurial spirit which typified the region then as it does today.

Manchester is an old town which has been inhabited since Roman times, when General Julius Agricola built a fort just north of the site of present day city, though it was not until the 18th century that this hitherto remote and inconspicuous little town sprang into the forefront of world attention by being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

The City of Manchester and innumerable small satellite towns and villages surrounding it saw the rapid growth of factories manufacturing merchandise for cotton weaving and spinning, dyeing, fulling and all aspects of the textile industry. Manchester was nicknamed “Cottonopolis” where ‘King Cotton’ ruled. It held onto its reputation as the prime source of world textiles until its decline in the 1950s, when cheaper foreign imports sounded the death knell for the region’s pre-eminence.

Manchester is a big place. While 2.6 million people live within its actual boundaries, over 7 million others live in the wider region, making it second only to London in Great Britain.

Travel Information

Regular bus routes within Manchester and the surrounding areas leave from Piccadilly Bus station, which is a few minutes walk from the accommodation. (Further travel information on buses, trams and trains within the Greater Manchester area can be found at, or via telephone 0161-228-7811 (8am – 8pm).Information and tickets are also available from GMPTE Travel-shops at the bus station)

Taxis. If you want to hire a taxi, any black hackney cab can be hailed at the road side or picked up at a taxi rank. Do not attempt to hail a minicab. Mini-cabs will not normally pick you up and if they do they, and you, are not covered by any insurance. Minicabs have to be pre-booked via telephone. Som local suggested hire companies are

Goostrey Private Hire  Tel: 01477 535060

Airport Cabs  Tel: 01625 462288

County Cheshire Private Hire  Tel: 1477 586944

KenKar  Tel: 01477 544449

S & J Car Hire Services  Tel: 01477 532087

Victoria Cars  Tel: 01477 544631

Rail connections to and from Manchester airport, as well as the rest of the UK, can be caught from Manchester Piccadilly train station which is a couple minutes walk from north campus.

Piccadilly station is open 24 hours a day for travel, although many of the shops and facilities at the station close late in the evening. Tickets and information regarding train times etc can be obtained at the station.

  • Train timetables can be found here or via telephoning 08457 48 49 50 (from within the UK)
  • Train times can also be found in German, English, French & Italian here.
  • Train times and advance tickets can also be purchased on-line at Virgin trains.


Hotels near the SKA

Here are a selection of popular and nearby hotels to the SKA Office


Cranage Hall Hotel (9km from SKA HQ)

Byley Lane, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8EW

Tel: +44 (0) 118 971 4700


Premier Inn Hotel – Alderley Edge (9km from SKA HQ)

Congleton Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7AA

Tel: +44 (0)871 527 8016


The Merlin (9km from SKA HQ)

Wilmslow Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7QL

Tel: +44 (0)1625 599 959


Cottons Hotel & Spa (16km from SKA HQ)

Manchester Road, Knutsford WA16 0SU

Tel: +44 1565 650333


The Mere Golf Resort & Spa (17km from SKA HQ)

Chester Rd, Mere, Knutsford WA16 6LJ

Tel: +44 (0)1565 830155


The Bear’s Head – Inn Keepers Lodge (11km from SKA HQ)

Brereton Green, Nr Sandbach, CW11 1RS

+44 (0)8451 551 551


Bridge Farm Bed & Breakfast (1km from SKA HQ)

Blackden, Holmes Chapel CW4 8BX

Tel: +44(0)1477 571202



Holly Tree Farm (6km from SKA HQ)

Holmes Chapel Road, Lower Withington SK11 9DT

Tel: +44 (0)1477 571 257



Goostrey Bed & Breakfast (3km from SKA HQ)

Church Cottage, 10, Station Road, Goostrey, CW4 8PJ

Tel: +44 (0)1477 534314



Frequently asked questions about the SKA Office

When was the SKA Office Opened?

The SKA Headquarters was inaugurated in 2013, but was opened in late 2012. 

More information on our offices can be found here

I wish to visit the SKA?

Visiting the SKA offices is by appointment only and is not something really geared towards visits by members of the public. We are located at the site of the world famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, and you can find out more about this, the research facilities and how to visit here (external link)

How many people work at the SKA Offices?

Our offices are home to our team of scientists, communications, management and the core team responsible for the operational activities of the SKA. A full graphical list of the SKA team can be seen here