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National Space Centre

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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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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Very interesting trip if you like to know about space. Ideal place to visit at a doorstep. Lots of little interesting things to take part in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very interesting trip if you like to know about space. Ideal place to visit at a doorstep. Lots of little interesting things to take part in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We went with our son and grandson to the Space Centre and felt that it was a first class experience for us all. Compared with other theme parks it was good value for money and the exhibits were extremely interesting. Unlike some other reviewers we found the staff most helpful and informative which all added up to a great day... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Fantastic displays, but a lot of the interactive spaceship displays etc were not working when we attended, geared more towards children 8 plus, is not suitable really for toddlers, and was expensive

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

From the moment we arrived we were so pleased with the centre. The initial film, in the auditorium, was excellent - so informative and presented in a such a way that you would think you were in amongst all of the universe. Each area we visited was so full of interesting facts and hands-on experiences. The flight simulator was also... More 

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

BLACK STAR AIKIDO Team visited the National Space Centre in Leicester to bond the group together whilst learning and enjoying a day out. The venue was safe and everyone in the team could stay together and enjoy each others company whilst learning about the history of the universe and space travel. Everyone really enjoyed their time in The Space Centre... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We were a bit unsure as none of us are really into space/science fiction, but we had a really good day. It's geared more for the younger ages but there is some

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Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Story wall on the upper floor is where I would start a tour. It charts the space race alongside Telly programmes and major world events. Hands on stuff kept the kids busy and interest. The live show on how you do essential things in space was fun too. Expensive but we can go back until the end of our annual... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My 9yr old son loved the space centre and there was a lot of interesting info. But I'm afraid there are issues: 1, a lot of the info is outdated, 2, broken interactive displays 3, no staff once inside. There are many groups of children running around, shoving, pushing. Several areas we had to leave as we couldn't get near... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It was a fantastic day out, all be it I'm a space geek, the exhibit took all day to work through all the information boards and take in what's there. The reading was broken up by fantastic film displays and interactive exhibits. A must for anyone with an interest in space and science, I didn't think after Kennedy space visit... More 

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Wickford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The centre has a lot of interactive things to do for young and old alike, but the boards containing information were very long, and if one were to read all of the information, the visit would have lasted much longer. However, the interactive exhibits were engaging and the planetarium show was very informative itself. The staff were helpful, and the... More 

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