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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
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+44 116 261 0261

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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An amazing place

Absolutely full of fascinating facts and interactive exhibits (well, some of them were working,). This space centre sets out to educate and entertain in a well thought through... read more

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely full of fascinating facts and interactive exhibits (well, some of them were working,). This space centre sets out to educate and entertain in a well thought through, and well designed manner. Set at a pitch that can be understood with out being patronising, if I had to make an adverse observation, it would be this. On the day we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is what it says, it's ok for a day out not my favourite place to go, my son enjoyed it, slightly pricey gift shop, you can spend a few hours here and educational. Nice play area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great place. Planetarium is amazing. We all learnt alot and my 2.5y old loved it too. But take a step for young children as i had to do alot of lifting today. They do need to do some manitenace and fix a few broken exhibits but hopfully that will be done soon. Love that they have an area for... More 

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went with a 9 year old child , who is learning space at school. There is alot of things to take in in one visit so it's a good job we have got an annual pass with our admission charge. We all learned and enjoyed it a lot . there was lots of text to read as you go around... More 

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my daughter who is mad about space just after Christmas. It was fantastic to use so many interactive activities to assist with learning. I would recommend booking tickets on line as you avoid the queues and you get a ticket to go as many times as you like during the year. Great day out!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my daughters sons here a few weeks ago. It's a good place for mad scientist, a bit off a cheap budget but I guess it was a good and fun day out for the boys

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I bought this for my husband as he is desperate to go to NASA! He really enjoyed it :) There was so much information and activities to do that kept us entertained for 4 hours! The 'We Are Stars' show was excellent, parking and the cafe is reasonably priced. If you book online, you are entitled to an annual pass... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took my young nephew and niece (13 &11) to this exhibition. They were thoroughly intrigued by the displays and a number of the push-button displays kept them busy for quite a while (which is quite an achievement at their ages). Certainly a day well spent.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I really had enjoy myself there was so much to learn and also if there something you don't understand they pop over can explain for you in better detail as myself Im deaf and the really speck clear for me and not rush.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family group , inc a teenager in a wheelchair , went for our third visit to the space station on Saturday p.m. It was a wet and dismal day so we were expecting it to be a little busy, but it was ok. There was very little queuing and plenty of staff on hand. We thought the pricing was... More 

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