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National Space Centre

Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
0116 261 0261
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Ranked #17 of 54 attractions in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Lots to do and see. Educational, we love filming the weather forecast and watching the films in the theatre. Lots of hands on experiences. You can take your own food plenty of space to sit. Or Jam sandwiches to buy. Great day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

it is very educational and has something to offer for everyone and all ages has interactive games and lot more to do.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

we have only been here once and that was for a wedding reception some of it was closed but what we were allowed near was amazing to think that these spacecraft travelled so far in such a short time really is beyond belief

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

I first went to the Space Centre when I was at school and have visited a few times since. My partner especially loves this place. We were very excited to receive free annual pass upgrades with our visit. The attraction is very interesting I learnt lots as an adult and there's lots to learn for children. People visiting without children... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Traces space exploration through the years. Lots to see and do. Children are unlikely to become bored. I can see school trips making maximum use of this attraction as part of project work. I have made 2 visits, as it is very local to me, , a couple of years apart and it was just as interesting on the second... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Take the Children. Very hands on, and the 'cinema' is excellent. You can spend a good few hours there and not get bored. If you time it right you can also visit the Victorian Pumping Station which is only next door and has 'Steam up' days. Just a few minutes walk away is 'Abbey Park' with the Abbey ruins, the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a very family friendly attraction. Lots of things for the family to join in with. The cinema show is really good. There is a good food hall. Gift shop. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The National Space Centre is both exciting and educational, with plenty of 'hands on' experiences to investigate and have fun with. I've learnt things from my visits there that I never knew before! A wonderful place to visit for both children and adults alike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Good paved pathways, suited to bicycles and kids on bicycles. Other paths ideal for a scramble and a few through the heather. Once at the top a glorious view of the surrounding countryside and counties. Parking can be a bit of a problem as the car park fills up. But a bit of patience and someone usually is on their... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Loads to see and do (and learn) at the Space centre. If you are a drustrated astronaut or have children along you will have great fun. Remeber to ask for your free annual pass as you are sure to want to return.

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