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National Space Centre

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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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Just the ticket for school holiday visit for the whole family, there is interesting technological, facts and figures that would keep everyone talking about it for quite some time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Just the ticket for school holiday visit for the whole family, there is interesting technological, facts and figures that would keep everyone talking about it for quite some time after. Interactive discovery and very reasonable price too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Based just outside of Leicester city centre this easily accessible venue is a great and fun attraction (if you and your kids are into space and it's technology!!). You'll only need a morning or afternoon as it's not an all day attraction but what you discover in that time is well worth the visit. It's well maintained and the free... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Visited Sunday 1st March in a family group aged 63 - 4 years. We all found something to educate, amuse and entertain. It was a superb day out and very reasonably priced. I would recommend it to anyone. To the staff i would say ' Be proud of yourselves, you are doing a fantastic job!'

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable day for all ages and plenty to see.The space centre is not a massive place but they've managed to get plenty of things to see and do,there's a couple of simulation type rides which are pretty impressive and educational. All the staff are very polite,helpful and most importantly they all seem happy in there jobs. Parking is very good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is great place for learning, fun, interest for all ages. Our children loved the amount of things that you can press/turn/switch - a very interactive place. Defintely visit the planetarium - it is brilliant. A one day ticket is the same pice as a year-long ticket and I would recommend the annual pass - there is so much to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Fun for the kids, with lots to do. Educational and easily fills the day. A must-see and must-do in Leicester.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Well first impression are not great, the overall concept seem good. However some parts are well done such as the auditorium ( sir p. moore.). Cafe is totally madness with a lot of unorganized staff milling about chatting about the weather and such stuff. With queses longer than that of a traditional theme attraction, the logic of three people on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We went to visit friends in Northampton and wanted to visit somewhere on the way home to Grimsby, many times we have done this journey and seen a sign saying national space Centre but had never heard anything about it but this time decided to visit as we wanted to do something special with it being half term. I did... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I have mixed views. Some exhibits were excellent and informative. My overall view is that the Centre needs some money spent on it including updating information and repairing all broken exhibits. Given the high price paid for tickets and a parking fee on top I think this should be possible. For example giant posters in the picnic area about what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My husband, nearly 4 year old son and I visited the National Space Centre on Sun 22nd Feb 2015. My son is quite interested in space at the moment, especially the sun and moon so was excited when we told him where we were going. Looks exciting to young (and older) eyes from the outside and we didn't have to... More 

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