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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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Even without kids the Space Centre is a great place to visit, packaed full of interesting items & activities, the highlight without a shadow of a doubt is the film in the auditorium, the first time I went narrated by Dr Who himself David Tennant and the second time by Ron Weasley, I should point out they were completly different... More

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Tenerife
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We took our 2 grandchildren in the August school holidays. We were very disappointed . The place is starting to look tardy and worn. There was not a lot there to do. We left after 2 hours seeing everything. We watched a show which was interesting. But everything else was not up to much. There was not enough for younger... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

10 years old son went today and has not stopped talking about it since .very interesting.the best bit was the planetarium and the rocket simulator

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It was my birthday and we decided to visit the National Space Centre (caution sat nav takes you to a parallel road, but it is easy to get on the right road) because I have heard nothing but praise for the place. I was certainly not disappointed, it is fantastic. Not only are there excellent displays, lots of interactive features... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

£70 for two adults,two students,two children and three under fives may not sound cheap but if you sign up for Gift Aid then your tickets are automatically ungraded to annual passes - Result!! Plenty of parking (£2 for day) reasonable priced catering ,(would recommend the Lemon Drizzle cake) and loads of interactive exhibitions and displays to please all ages. The... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Its true, whether a planet has too much gravity or too little and in zero gravity your useless legs aren’t a problem. The best thing was that as a family the exhibits really made as talk to one another about what we saw. I have never had to answer so many questions from the children before which was excellent as... More

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We planned this family day out for my daughter's 11th birthday. My daughter has an interest in space and was delighted with the birthday surprise when we arrived. The centre had far more exhibits and interactive displays than I imagined and the quality of these was very good and educational too. We opted to gift aid and took an annual... More

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Solihull, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Visited the National Space with my four year old grandson. Directional signs from the A47 take you around the Ring Road into the Centre from the North of Leicester when the centre is just off the A6 near to the City Centre and a couple of times, the signs were a bit ‘spaced out’ for confidence. We visited on a... More

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Had a great day here with the family. Lots to do for all ages: interactive displays, activities, and a wealth of fascinating information about the planets, the stars, space exploration. The show in the Patrick Moore Planetarium is a must-see, wonderful stuff. Great value, great day

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The Space Centre looks great and parts of it are interesting and great fun, however the trip was marred by the fact that many interactive elements inside were not working, which was very disappointing to my excited little boy. There was also a fair amount of anti-social behaviour from other visitors. This isn't the Space Centre's fault as such, however... More

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