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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
0116 261 0261
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Ranked #18 of 54 attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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DFW, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a very, very kid-friendly and educational place. We didn't have kids with us so it was a bit disappointing because so much of it is oriented to kids, but still it was quite educational. We went to the planetarium show and also went into the 3-D simulation lab. Wish I had kids with me, because I think they... More

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Normanton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the National Space Centre as a family of six (2 children under 12 and 4 adults). It is a very interesting place, well laid out and plenty of interactive sections. We particularly enjoyed the Planetarium. It was fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Impressive and educational in a futuristic bubble 'maggot' outer shell. The center has several space used and full sized models but has a tonne of interactive displays these get quite busy during school holidays but are well worth a visit. The tip is to get there early and locate the interactive displays if that's you're thing or go the opposite... More

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Burton upon Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Second visit with the family. There is plenty to see and do here, so try and get in early. Apart from the static exhibits which cover history, science, planets etc there is a lot of hands on stuff to do. The planetarium shows are very good and keep the children interested. If you are here when they have a visiting... More

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have never been to the Space Center before and as I am not entirely interested in space either, so I was dreading the day - how wrong can you be. This place is absolutely awesome there is so much to see, read and learn about that you could spend all day there - we had nearly 5 hrs. There... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Lots of things to play with although sometimes you would have to walk off and come back for the computer bits. One of the major rides was shut for maintenance and it was a weekend which was a bit disappointing. Would recommend taking food as the food isn't up to much and the drinks are quite expensive. We got upgraded... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Lots of school parties the day we went, the exhibits are well done and informative. We visited the planetarium and watched a presentation about astronaut training and space travel, which was good.Also did a simulated ride to outer space I shut my eyes for some of it as it gave me space sickness! There's also a reasonably priced cafeteria and... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We took our granddaughter last weekend considering it is billed as a major attraction of national standard the reality is a little disappointing. It appears to be shabby and dog eared as you walk to the entrance. Once inside one of the first things you are greeted with is a very mediocre café with absolutely appalling food. If you are... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I'm not going to lie, despite already being in Leicester with my daughter for Easter weekend, we did go to the National Space Centre for my benefit only! We arrived just as the attraction opened... parking was simple and cheap for the time we were there and I found the admission time and prices to be very reasonable especially as... More

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Excellent displays and interactive games. We loved the planetarium. Spent over 4 hours here and still didnt absorb all the information. Booked online and therefore ticket is valid for a year, Definately worth the price. Also thought the staff were excellent and very helpfull. Would say its aimed at 8 yrs + unless your child is massively into space etc.... More

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