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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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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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We love the space centre and went a few times before we had kids. Took our eldest for the first time today - he is 4 and a half - and I think he is just old enough for it. I'd say... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Went with my husband, 13 year old and 4 year old. There was something for all of us. We were there about 6 hours as so much to do and look at. Would gladly go again and again.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Really don't understand the negative reviews the space center has attracted. It was one of the best visitor centres we have visited. So much to see and do with activities for a range of ages and interactive displays to touch and feel. My son was simply awestruck. From the rocket (and rather scary lift ride for me) to models of... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

If you've ever wanted to revisit your childhood, then this is definitely a place to do so. Just 2 of us went, both adults and we had so much fun playing with the interactions that we didn't realise until after that we barely took any photos! The place has so much to see and do that you'll end up being... More 

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Derby, england
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We love the space centre and went a few times before we had kids. Took our eldest for the first time today - he is 4 and a half - and I think he is just old enough for it. I'd say it's better suited to older kids / adults as there is a lot of written info but just... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The film which we saw when we went in was amazing. The favorite of the day was recording the weather which could then be e mailed to her friends and family. It is a lovely entertaining day out for young children. There were lots of school parties and the little ones looked as if they were really having a good... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Great day out, perfect for rainy days or sunny ones! Lots to do and see for a full day and interesting for all age groups. Our group was 3 adults and one 2 yr old, I was worried the toddler wouldn't find the day interesting enough but he loved it and it was a safe environment to let him stretch... More 

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Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Booked this for our annual management conference. Everyone loved it. Booked Darth Vader and 2 storm troopers to greet guests. Food was good and service was efficient. Brilliant venue.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Brilliant interactive activities and displays and the theatre show is out of this world...activities are repeated throughout the day so you don't have to miss out on anything, resteraunt inside and also a baby/toddler play area...you can be queing a while for some interactive activities so allow a whole day for your trip especially if you are a large family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Excellent place to visit with the family, or a Couple. Enjoyed by lots of school children to give them a lot of info of Space Travel. Some very interesting exhibits to see, including a Russian Space centre, and USA Rockets.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Access and parking was adequate for this attraction. There were a good number of interesting exhibits and all family members gained from the vist. We were disappointed that so many of the interactive elements were 'out of order' (at a guess, around 10 - 20%). The cinematic experience is very good. The centre gets very crowded on bank holidays, as... More 

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