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National Space Centre
Ranked #8 of 108 things to do in Leicester
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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
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“boys day out”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

visited the national space centre with my grandson twice in the last few months and had a good day out. first time was in October and the next was in December and both times the same lift was not working which resulted in a long wat for a lift. decided to take the stairs and was sad to see the lack of cleaning on the staircase areas, old oranges, thick dust,etc. this is a national attraction and should be kept to a higher standard. having said that the attraction its self is good with plenty to interest young and old alike. worth a look at the abby pump station if you have the time, its just to the side of the carpark, (left if you face the space centre from the car park), just a few steps.

Visited December 2012
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“Great for Big Kids too!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Excellent day out, with lots to look at and join in with.
Very interactive which is great for everyone.
The planetarium was great, brilliant film and chairs so comfy I could have had a little nap!
We didn't get round everything, so will definitely be back to see the rest and utilise the annual pass!

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“AMAZING”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Best experience of my life. LOVED the planaterium. Excellent for children. Staff were all lovely. Willing to lend a hand. 5 STAR!

Visited January 2013
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“An excellent day out”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Very good day out especially with children - lots of interesting displays and hands-on stuff. The staff are very knowledgeable and keen to answer questions. Several actual exhibits / rockets that have been up in space. Nice cafeteria and plenty of parking.

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“Don't forget the kids!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

If you buy a family ticket, it's great value as it can be used as many times in a year as you like. The Centre has so much to interest adults & children alike, with loads of interactive displays - you can even "take off" in your own space module!

Visited October 2012
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