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National Space Centre

Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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Ranked #14 of 45 Attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Owner description: The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and upon arrival you will...
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Type: Science Museums, 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 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I didn't know about this place until I saw a post about it on Facebook about 3 months ago! My husband and I decided to go there today for something to do. Really easy to find by sat nav and parking only £2 for the day! Entry prices are reasonable and if you pre book tickets or Gift Aid on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

we took Lewis (12) and Daniel (9) to the space centre yesterday. Wasn't too sure what to expect, after all we are not world leaders in space reck (?!). what a fab building, great way to get kids excited rather than have a boring four sided building, wrap you rockets in bubble wrap. both boys ran off to explore. There... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Planetarium was well worth seeing, it is aimed mainly at children and the day we visited there where a few bus loads. As long as you go one way and they another your OK!!. We've been avid space fans since childhood and this was really good, its a good half day I'd say. I would and have recommended to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

this is a great place to visit in Leicester, there is plenty to do for the day, there is a flight simulator that is really good and is free / included in the price to go on as many times as you like, there are lots of things for the children to do and you can book a place in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went for an afternoon and normally I'd get bored at things like these quite quickly but the space centre has something for everyone. From simulators and games to walls of information about the planets and even a space ship. Really enjoyed it and would recommend, especially for the price!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We Go to the National Space Centre quite often, All my Family enjoy it especially the special Events Days Star Wars, Dr Who Steampunk etc. Fantastic Fun for the whole Family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Hard to find but good when you find it. People have seen it on the skyline but it is off the tourist routes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My family and I visited in Dec' 2014. the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium was superb. The interactive areas for the kids are great and my children (aged 9 and 6) had a great time. 3 to 4 hours should do it in my opinion. Value wise was pretty good as we obtained family pass for the whole of 2015 for... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Visited today and enjoyed my time here would be great for the kids, shame that a lot of work was being carried out which made it difficult to hear some of the exhibitions as it was drowned out. I would have also preferred not to visit when groups of school children are present who push in. Some of the exhibits... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We took 5 kids ranging from 6-12. They all liked the simulator and weather pod. The history/timeline exhibit including the 1969 living room showing the Moon landing was of more interest to the parents,some of whom almost remember that far back! Booking online meant we get a free annual pass so I'm sure we'll go back. The cafe area is... More 

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