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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
0116 261 0261
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Ranked #20 of 57 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great day out for us. Value for money also as we had a offer on our ticket as they give you a annual pass for free. Lots to see and fiddle with for my 3 1/2 year old and he loved the planetarium. He would probably appreciate it more at 4 1/2 or 5. One bit of advise though would... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the National Space Centre as part of our stay play explore booking. After reading some of the reviews on here we were a bit worried but we had a most enjoyable day. There a re lots of exhibits and interactive things for the children and my three kids aged 11,10 and 5 loved it. there is dress up... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I went to the Space Centre with a 19 year old Autistic client. Overall we had a good day- there is a lot of reading for adults alongside a lot of interactive displays which are entertaining for all ages, as is the film in the planetarium which is included in the price of the ticket! The staff were incredibly helpful... More

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Skegness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We visited the Space Centre in May with our two teenage children. We were a bit put off by some reviews that suggested it may be more suitable for younger children, but we took a chance and went anyway. We booked on line and paid for parking on line (£2 for the day). And we have to say that when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My son is space mad and loved his day at the space centre. There is lots of things for kids to try and do that even my non space mad daughter ended up having a great time. They loved sitting in the pods and training to be an astronaut. The planetarium show was excellent (additional cost). The cafe is the... More

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Boldon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

First the positives. Before going to this attraction [which involved a round trip of over 400 miles] I read the reviews on here and my heart sank. However in a number of respects I found that either reviewers were being too pessimistic or that more probably the Space Centre management had listened / read and acted. I visited with my... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

What a pleasure to find an inexpensive day out for all ages that has the WOW factor that takes you on an experience like non other. We took the grandchildren ages 4,6 and 14, they had a great times as we did. First visit was to the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium to see an amazing presentation showing the journey to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This place is not that easy to find so use your sat nav to save time finding the entrance. Once in there are so many interactive areas to access. We took our 6 year old Grandson and he was old enough to try everything out . The Planetarium was an excellent experience as was the simulator. There is so much... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Took our six yr old boy, great experience. We started at top of rocket tower and worked our way down which meant we didn't have to queue. I wasn't expecting to see things from my childhood like 70s and 80s toys, magazines etc. the timelines are brilliant. Lots of interactive things, my boy love the blasting rockets, launching his Dad... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went here for a day on a special offer we had. It was absolutely fantastic! The children were busy all day looking at all the different things. Making your own weather report proved a hit and even better you could email it back to yourself to keep! Lots and lots of information. Huge areas to explore. Food was reasonably... More

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