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National Space Centre
Ranked #8 of 112 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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Reviewed February 14, 2013

We visited the National Space Centre on the 13 February, with our 2 Grandchildren age 3 and 8. Our 8 year old fell ill and the professionalism and help that we received from Security Staff, First Aiders and Cafe Staff was second to none. It was much appreciated, as was your speed in coming to our aid and phoning for the Paramedics. May I say that we were most impressed by the staff at the National Space Centre. The facilities and exhibits were excellent, plenty to do for the children who were facinated by the array of interactive 'hand on's'. The Planetarium was amazing. I would recommend to families with children over 5 years, as there are height restrictions on the simulator, and our 3 year old was too short to experience this. Although saying that he was able to interact with the many hand on's.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

I took a few children here, thinking it would be a great day out just for them, but ended up fiddling with the equipment just as much as them and gaining an insight into space related aspects from engaging boards, exhibitions and videos.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We live locally and for a few years had seen the road signs to the National Space Centre and always thought about going one day. Yesterday was the day we finally went and we're so glad we did.

Easy pay parking, plenty of spaces, friendly staff and it just grabs your attention as soon as you go through the doors.

Plenty for children to see and do but the highlight was the suberb show in the Sir Patrick Moore planetaruim which was totally absorbing and well worth the admission money alone

Highly recommended and we're definitely going back very soon. Wish we'd been before!

1  Thank Mark B
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

High standard of exhibition, lots to read, do, interact with and join in with. The reason i say over 5's is that our 4 yr old loved the idea of it all, and the centre really have tried to accommodate the younger ones, but he just got bored while the rest of us read all the info. He was also too short to go on the simulator so felt left out- I am not being negative about the centre, it really is fantastic and our 7yr old loved every bit of it.
The show at the planetarium is amazing and along with the simulator, real rocket launch pad and weather pod broadcast, there really is plenty to do.
It was quite quiet today but i could imagine having to queue a fair bit on a busy day. We spent 4hrs there and waited approx 5 mins at most to have a go on each thing but plenty to look at and read in the meantime.
We had read negative comments about the cafe so ate before we went. It seemed to sell drinks, crisps, sandwiches and a nice area to sit in. There is also an indoor picnic area.
I would recommend for people with school-aged children, teenagers and adults who are interested in all things 'space'.
car parking £2 all day.

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Reviewed February 9, 2013

a lot of the attractions were more focussed on kids, but even as a couple well worth attending. great to see the space suit for a dog! very glad to have visited. just wish the planetarium show was on more frequently.

1  Thank trekkerKent
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