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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
0116 261 0261
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Ranked #20 of 59 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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Altnaharra, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Booked in advance for a trip Saturday 18th October, Impressive a top factual day out plenty to entertain the kids & adults alike , loads of interactive displays. planetarium experience 3D was superb as is the simulator ride, some of the female members of our party were pretty overwhelmed with the 'ride'! Highly reccommended day out,

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Went as a group of families. We were hoping for a bit of education and a bit of interactive enjoyment for the children but we were disappointed to find that the whole Space Centre was full of posters / pictures with lots and lots of explanation but very little for the little children to do (consequently they were bored easily).... More

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Found this to be a great visit for three generations of the family. Wouldn't advise expecting up to about 6 year olds being all that interested in exhibits etc. Lots of reading but also some interactive exhibits. Space buffs would also learn something new!! Worthwhile looking at offer "Must see three" which includes Snibston Discovery Park, Space Centre and Conkers... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

After saying we would visit for a year for two we finally made it. 3 adults from 45 to 80. We didn't have any preconceived expectations so when we arrived our first stop was a tea and sandwich. Very happy with three sandwiches, 2 teas and one coffee for a little over £10. We thought that was a very acceptable... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very informative and lots of interactive activities-never mind the children, we two pensioners really enjoyed it. The Planetarium show was amazing. There was soooo much to see/do and learn. I am recommending to my son for a primary school visit (funds allowing!). We spent 4 and a half hours there and could have spent longer. Highly recommended. Disliked nothing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014 via mobile

Went with my 8 year old son. Booked the tickets on line which was very easy and this made the tickets into annual passes for free ! Lots to look at and do for both of us. The planetarium was excellent and included in the ticket price. We even tried the cafe, it wasn't out of this world but most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a treat for any child over 6-ish. There is a great variety of "science" on display, including a Soyuz rocket. The restaurant is not great, but their cinema hall has some great short films and sure to send you dizzy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We visited today with our 2 daughters as part of the stay and play and what a fab day it was.. We were truly amazed at all the info.. Would recommend a visit even if your not into space as was very interesting..

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Came here today with our 6 year old, thought we'd be here for the day but unfortunately theres only enough to keep you entertained for a couple of hours. A lot of the things in there were out of order or just didnt work which was very disappointing. The best thing was the show in the planetarium. Everything else was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

My three-year old loves space and has been looking forward to visiting for a while -- we had booked tickets for a few weeks ago but illness meant we couldn't go. I was worried we would have to forfeit the tickets, but the booking staff couldn't have been more helpful in rearranging our visit. I'm so glad we visited --... More

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