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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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A good few hours out.

We took our 3.5 year old twins to the space centre today, car parking was £3 for the day, plenty of seats for eating, toilets were very funky with plenty of them. On the whole we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Just a quick message to say thank you for a fantastic day that we had on Sunday. Our little boy is a wheelchair user and all the staff were absolutely fantastic at helping us and accommodating him in all your exibits, we look forward to returning soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Visited today and was really impressed. The 20 min show in the planetarium was amazing (this was a huge cinematic dome, which seated approx 50 people, and had a screen that spanned 360 degees above head). The show was a cartoon style presentation that took its audience through the stages of the universe from the big band to present -was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the space centre as a school trip with years 10 and 11 and they did not enjoy it very much. It was all very much aimed at younger children and the centre was filled with primary schools, who were having a great time. Our students did enjoy the SIM ride which was a simulation of a space visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We took our 3.5 year old twins to the space centre today, car parking was £3 for the day, plenty of seats for eating, toilets were very funky with plenty of them. On the whole we had a good few hours visiting the space centre but for me the twins were a little too young to appreciate the place really.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I took my two children aged 12 and 9 to the space centre for the day and they really enjoyed it. The show was excellent and the simulator was great too. There is lots to see and do and a great day out. Food was reasonably priced. Good facilities.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Came before 2014 but tripadvisor yet again wouldn't let me select the correct year never mind but there was a huge queue upon arrival. I enjoyed hardly any of what the place had to offer apart for the air sickness machine thingy that let you get a preview of how it felt to get sick in space. It just bored... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the centre on a very wet summers' Sunday afternoon. The centre is in a very impressive building, good level of exhibits that are suitable for a range of ages - not all focused a children so enough to hold the interest of an adult! Planatarium was excellent.

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed the Centre and found lots of things for adults to enjoy, as well as children. The brand new planetarium show, We are Stars, is getting amazing reviews and we are happy with such a great reception. Please do come back and see us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We visited on a special event day where the place was overrun with Star Wars characters. Absolutely fabulous few hours spent touring the centre and taking hundreds of photos. Our tickets can be used for the following 12 months too, so we will definitely go and visit on a quieter day so we can spend more time with the exhibits.

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed our Return of the Garrison Star Wars celebration. It is also great to read that you will be using your FREE Annual Pass to come back and enjoy the rest of the Centre, when Darth Vader and his legions have gone home ;-) Please do come back and see us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The National Space Centre will help your kids learn a lot. It's quite expensive but definitely worth it. There's a cafe and there's lots of hands-on gadgets for all ages. Not sure if they do parties there but you can ask. It's a huge place, and I would go if you have the chance. Have fun!

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your day out with us. We do indeed host birthday parties, for children and big kids too ;-) Please do come back and see us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Visited here whilst on holiday in july with my family 19, 13 & 8 yrs old boys. The planetarium is a must really informative in a fun way. The rest of activities kept the boys amused all day. If you gift aid your ticket price you get upgraded to an annual pass very good if you are staying nearby and... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Five stars is always a great start to the day and when you get it from visitors, it shows we are getting it right, which is really important. Please do come back and see us again soon. More 

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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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