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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 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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There are some really great bits to it like the Planetarium and the ride. Talks given were really good and pitched right for children. What was disappointing was the number of... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Durham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are some really great bits to it like the Planetarium and the ride. Talks given were really good and pitched right for children. What was disappointing was the number of interactive exhibits that were broken down. I've never known a place have so many. The queue for the cafe was crazy and the food could be best described as... More 

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stony stratford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a smashing day. Lots of incredibly interesting items and loads of hands on activities. A very reasonably priced café (even cheap!) the only downfall was the hoards of young children allowed to run round screaming because the teachers just let them get on with it! shame on you teachers. With your ticket if you gift aid then you can... More 

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Thank trevor h
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly if you upgrade your ticket to the annual pass (for no extra cost) you get really good value for money. Been back 3 times now. Still loads to do, interesting exhibits, the planetarium is really good. Very hard to fault really.

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Thank m4ttsmith
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Educational and fun place to visit. Great for all the family. Would highly recommend a visit. Best to go in term time if you dont like ques.

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Thank Andy D
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am a beaver leader and we got the opertunity for a sleepover inside the space centre. We got three planetarium visits, time in the gallery, exploding science show, air-rocket making and launching. It was £30 per beaver but throughly worth the money. The staff were enthusiastic and helpful, even at 12pm! I would throughly recomend it.

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Thank Jane D
ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Better day out than any of the nearby theme parks,something for all ages from seven to seventy. Even if you are not a techy or spacer there is something here to interest you. Make sure you get there early because it takes all day to get around to everything.

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Thank unocarter
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

great day and very informative for adults and children alike, huge dining area. lots of interactive things to see and do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for the day from County Durham, so we had a long way to drive so expectations were high. We were visiting with children aged 4 and 5 years. I had read other reviews which suggested bringing own food and drink which was very good advice as the queues were very long for food and drink. We managed to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow are we so proud of this Leicester attraction! I bought a family ticket a year ago and still getting fantastic value out of it. The family ticket was upgraded to last for. Yar and as my family are based in North Yokshire ever time they come down to Leicester to s us they get to go back to the... More 

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Thank Linda S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

fantastic place to visit, my wife and i had guided tour thanks to our friend whom works there... had a wonderful time, if your interested in space flight there are some amazing and significant exhibits inside plus many hands on displays for adults and children, the 180 degree cinema explaining the universe and the likelyhood of finding life made my... More 

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