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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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The location shouldn't put you off (more later!) On an unglamorous industrial estate. However, the doors to get in are a very good impression-but going to post that photo as I... read more

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

The location shouldn't put you off (more later!) On an unglamorous industrial estate. However, the doors to get in are a very good impression-but going to post that photo as I don't want to ruin the surprise that I witnessed kids commenting excitedly about. At £14 I initially thought it expensive but there's a lot here for your money. To... More 

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

At first glance, the centre does not look very extensive, but it is packed full of interesting facts & artefacts. If you have any interest in space travel, the science of space, celestial bodies etc, this place will fascinate you. Lots of stuff for younger folk, but still plenty for adults well.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

well we arrived full of expectation, always wanted to do a planetarium!. two tickets with planetarium £28.00..yikes. The place was full of school kids, like loads of them and it soon became obvious why, everything is presented and written for them. the planetarium was a dome screen film of "we are made of stardust" with cartoon people narrating and it... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our two Grandchildren in August and spent a great day here. The children were very excited with all that was on offer. The day was filled with hands on things to do and explore.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Buzzing with displays, videos, astronauts' space suits and stories. The best bit for me was the simulated space launch from a possible future Moon base to Mars. It was Absolutely Amazing, a little frightening and rather bumpy so not suitable for everyone. I gained a bruise on one leg, but the experience outweighed the discomfort! Smaller visitors cannot use the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has some really interesting features. GREAT FOR KIDS. The domed theatre has fantastic film about the origins of the universe and makes it really simple. Great examples of how we get to space and what astronauts do up there. The big rockets are really good to see too. My only criticism would be that £14 is a bit much... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My son wanted to visit so visit we did. There is ample parking on site so no worries on that front. The rocket is very impressive and we particularly enjoyed the planetarium it is very educational and therefore very popular with school parties. The food was good in the canteen but not cheap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place. One ticket lasts all year for as many visits as you wish. It is filled with interesting things to do and see. There is a simulator ride which is very bumpy ( not recommended for pregnant women or people with bad backs) but great fun. You can even make a spoof weather report. Something to... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a great day out for the whole family. masses of car parking, loads of exhibitions and hands on for the children and film shows. refreshments all day long and free wheelchairs if needed. season tickets available.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant christmas party - fabulpis food live entertainment plus hands on exhibits as part of the centre. Brilliant evening with a mixture of entertainment. Food chooces were good , vegetarian and dietry requirememts catered for

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