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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the...

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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Very interesting to see and read about all the countries involved in 'outer space'. Several floors, with suspended repros of shuttles etc. and lots of interactive space orientated... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Ringmer, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited on a Sunday in November so probably benefitted from it being quieter than peak season but was really impressed with the whole experience. The exhibits are informative, and often interactive, managing to inform and entertain at all levels from the cub scouts who were visiting to my party with a couple of science degrees between us. The Patrick Moore... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting to see and read about all the countries involved in 'outer space'. Several floors, with suspended repros of shuttles etc. and lots of interactive space orientated games and capsules etc to get excited about, as were the MANY school children who couldn't get enough of the whole adventure. The Planetarium was good, animated, and a bit scary as... More 

Thank carolenglish37
Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Leicester Space Centre may look a little dated, but it is an excellent attraction with loads to do, well presented and a great day out. Transport and Parking were simple (lots of brown signs to get you there on the roads) and entry prices were very reasonable, including a years pass in the ticket price to come back again. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum is very interactive and full of amazing facts. On a Saturday first thing it really wasn't that busy. The free planetarium show is great, although our two youngest found it very scary. I think this is better for 8+ so that the kids can read more of the blurbs and understand a bit more about how fantastic and... More 

Thank CapeTown78
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited the Space Centre with our 7 year old daughter and all three of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Considering how different the three of us are, it was great that we all got a lot out of the visit. I'm writing this review because we've had several visits since our first (my wife and her parents,... More 

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Karratha, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

More than I expected, covering the space race and the universe, and designed for the whole family. The kids can play with nearly everything, which will drive you crazy if you pick a day the schools are visiting, which is the only thing that stops this place from being excellent in my view. If you prefer child-free visits I strongly... More 

Thank Steve W
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very educational...especially for childrens, lot of things to do and see, I have been here twice now. My little couzin loved it and he wants to visit it again!

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Level 9 tour booked on line - confirmation came through as donation for ten dollars - arrived with booking screen for tour tickets but told computer glitch and no places left on tour... Wasted day - only reason for visit was Level 9 tour🙁👎

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting place, we spent nearly three hours there looking round. Unfortunately there were numerous school trips at the same time making it difficult to fully appreciate it because of the additional noise and not being able to get to the exhibits. The highlight was the presentation in the planetarium of how the universe began. Nothing on the scale of... More 

Thank Jim H
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely excellent attraction. Many exhibits of space craft, both American ans Soviet, plus so much more. The planetarium and the other "experiences" were amazing. Recommended

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