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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: 0116 261 0261
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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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Educational day out for older kids.

Really worth a visit, and even better that you get annual passes when buying you're entry tickets. Lots to see and do. Special events, buttons to press, things to make. You can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Really worth a visit, and even better that you get annual passes when buying you're entry tickets. Lots to see and do. Special events, buttons to press, things to make. You can easily spend an entire day here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a great time here with my son, its a fairly small attraction but packs a lot in My favorite part being the planetarium, it was wonderful and I now feel a real connection to the universe. My son loved the 60s room, theres just so much to do and look at, I can imagine that we will visit again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent 3hrs driving here and thankfully we were not disappointed. Looks amazing from the outside and inside - well it has everything. Lots to see and activities for kids. Has a small interactive planeterium which kids loved. We watched the "we are stars" in the large planeterium which was amazing. Shuttle simulator was good. Shop fair priced.. some bits... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Other than the long drive from London this is a wonderful place to visit with children. Can easily spend the whole day there. The show is very engaging as are the activities and artefacts. Take a packed lunch as the cafe can get quite busy, plus it gives the kids things to snack on with all the walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Star of the visit was Katie at the Astro show which is a live science show provided by the education team - the kids were awestruck. The planetarium film show was less exciting and will prove challenging for the average 7 year old. The interactive exhibits, of which there are loads, we're mostly working - the venue is definitely hands... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Took the family here and rather enjoyed it. Think it was over priced at £28 for 2 adults when it seemed others were just walking in free of charge. Only saw that we were given tickets to use 2 or 3 activities and watch a star movie which again really wasn't worth the £28. But on the flip side the... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Entrance by ticket not too long to wait. Food available if needed picnics catered for with lots of tables outside and under cover.

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a good place to visit with teenage children. With a real rocket hanging from the ceiling. Ideal for people who like astronomy. Children will love this place as they have a lot of activities to keep them entertained for a while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

About: Great educational and informative tour for all and must visit if one can or near the area.In any case Leicester is not very far from London. The Space Centre is one of the United Kingdom's leading visitor attractions totally dedicated to space science and astronomy. The Space Centre has six main galleries of exhibits and visitor activities covering space... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

They thought it too crowded and more suitable to younger children. Pity as had driven from north Nottingham. Cafe was also very noisy. Don't agree with having to pay for car park separately to entry.

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