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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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Description: The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year...
The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and upon arrival you will understand why, this really is a visit that is out of this world.Take a journey through the six hands-on galleries, stopping at over 150 interactive experiences, then travel in the glass lift through three floors in the 42m high Rocket Tower and encounter Space Race; the epic battle for the control of space!Sit back in awe in the UK’s largest planetarium; the Space Theatre, as we take you on a voyage of discovery in this 360° fulldome experience.Are you made of the right stuff to be an astronaut of the future? Human Spaceflight: Lunar Base 2025, will test your mental and physical ability to survive the long and dangerous voyage into deep space, culminating in a stunning 3D simulator mission through the Solar System to the ice moon Europa.This summer the National Space Centre launched another world exclusive interactive experience in association with The Met Office; the Weather Pod. Take your place to deliver a weather report in 2085, what will the UK look like, how has global warming effected us and how can space science help? Why not share your experience with all your friends and post your report on Facebook, Youtube or your own blog!The National Space Centre is an all weather attraction for all the family. Situated in the heart of the Midlands, the centre is located just two miles from Leicester city centre close, with easy access from the M1 and M69, just follow the distinctive brown rocket signs on all major arterial routes to find us. On site we have over 400 parking spaces, restaurant, shop and all the facilities you would expect from a world class attraction. The National Space Centre is hours of interactive fun and breathtaking discovery.The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events, including astronomy evenings, movie themed events, astronaut visits, computer gaming challenges, even an invasion by the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars group and many more… see the website for full detailsOpening TimesSchool HolidaysMonday – Sunday 10am – 5pmSchool Term Time Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pmWe suggest you allow a minimum of 4 hours for your visit
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Amazing day out - shame about the food

We loved this place. It is set out incredibly well for the children and there was plenty of things to keep them occupied. The addition of Lego being there over the summer was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Wheeler End
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I visited with two boys - 12 and 9 - towards the end of the Summer Holidays. It was something we all enjoyed. Lots of interactive elements to get engaged in, different zones to explore, a reasonable balance between history and touch and activities. There are disappointments though - there is nothing about the Philae Lander and Rosetta, which is... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Our daughter is very interested in all things space and we spent a very enjoyable and educational day at the National Space Centre. The interactive elements of the displays are great for keeping kids engaged and there is a wide range of interesting information and exhibits. Food is also very reasonably priced and good quality!

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great day out. Visited for the third time recently and find it a great day out. Plenty of things to do and lots of information. Food was a very reasonable price and free annual pass makes entrance it good value.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We came here for a work conference. The conference room is very good, with various projectors set up. This ensured no matter where you sat you could see the screen. We had a couple of activities during the day which everyone enjoyed. Definitely worth having a company event here.

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Kingston upon Thames
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We loved this place. It is set out incredibly well for the children and there was plenty of things to keep them occupied. The addition of Lego being there over the summer was a big plus point for our 4 yr old son. The information boards were really informative and the staff all welcoming and friendly. The only down side... More 

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Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I was dreading a boring non interactive museum type attraction. I was delighted to be proved wrong. The day started by a 20 minute show in the planetarium, this was really good and educational. We then went onto try many of the interactive displays. Overall a very informative attraction, and will definitely be visiting if we are in the area... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Super place to visit esp with children. Very informative and lots to do see. Nice that under 5s are free here. Reasonable entry fee for adults. Good afternoon spent there.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Took our autistic 9 year old and his best buddy and the boys enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The real moon rock, the rocket, everything was pretty impressive. There were lots of children there mid week in the school holidays, but we didn't have to queue up horrendously for anything. It was thoroughly educational. We booked in advance so qualified for annual... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Made the journey to the museum recently and left pleasantly surprised. The museum is split into zones which explain different aspects of space. It covers: the development of spacecraft and space exploration, the formation of the universe, and it even has simulators and such for those interested. In particular, I found the planetarium showing ("We are stars") helpful since it... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

When. Say 'the whole family', in my case I mean grown ups, a 4 yr old and a mildly autistic 6 yr old. We bought our ticket online and, to our surprise and joy, it converted to an annual pass! Brilliant! So, for the cost of one day's entertainment, we had five days out over the course of the last... More 

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