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“Enjoyable half day”

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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Dudley, West Mids
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“Enjoyable half day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

Wasn't sure about this after reading some of the reviews, but glad we went.

Arrived about 1pm (£2 parking) and unsurprisingly as it was half-term, found it busy. However, we managed to do / see most things, save for simulator which always seemed to have a 45 minute queue, every time we asked.

Don't be put off by the fact that it's a relatively small area. There's quite a bit packed-in. Favourites were the planetarium, rocket, 'blast-off' show and being able to step inside space living quarters etc...The history of space development / competitiveness is explained very. Good to see the strong link with Leciester University.There's several photo opportunities for the kids and things for them to press and see e.g. bit of the moon, astronaut food etc...

Entry prices are about right although I did begrudge having to pay the full price and not having chance to experience the simulator. A cheaper family ticket would be appreciated.

Toilets and food / drink facilities are adequate. There's a self-service drink, sandwich and cake etc...station and seating area provided. Prices are reasonable. There are also lockers (£1) and a free map.

I would visit again. Not sure whether it would warrant an annual trip though. There's enough here to educate and entertain without being tiresome (in several ways), and it gets a thumbs up from 4 and 7 year olds.


Visited February 2013
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Where do i start, worst place in leicester to visit, £13 to see what they call something to do with space, avoid this, save money, and sit at home,

Visited March 2013
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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review, March 10, 2013
Thank you for your time to offer feedback on the National Space Centre. We are really sorry you did not enjoy your experience, we do try to offer a full day out for all the family with our six interactive galleries, Rocket Tower, SIM ride, SIr Patrick Moore Planetarium and over 150 hands-on challenges.

Should you wish to add any details or constructive feedback, we always welcome this.

As a not-for-profit charity in receipt of no funding, we try to work with our visitors on any developments for the Centre, so your feedback is always worthwhile.
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

So interesting and so much to see as well, we will have to go back another day.Free parking and a great location close to town which has a great John Lewis.

Visited March 2013
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I thought this visit would only take a couple of hours (the website undersells it) and so did not arrive until it had been open for two hours. How wrong I was. Lots to do, including plenty of hands-on. Some of the attractions were closed - technology not keeping up with demand? The two shows in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium were great - well presented and informative.
The only niggle - why charge £2 for parking when it is in the middle of nowhere so people only park there for the space centre (they are not deterring shoppers)? They charge £13 for entry - that should be enough.
Entry ticket was converted to an annual pass, so will no doubt visit again.
Those "of an age" will experience a trip down memory lane, with all of the space events that we have experienced in our life time - not to be missed.
Great for all ages, from young children to "grave dodgers".

Visited March 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Good place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

I did enjoy my visit to the space centre, I didn't expect it to be the way it was!
There are a few real artifacts, like the space shuttle in the tower. There is also a show in the planetarium!

A little expensive for what is on show and bigger than I thought, but deifinatly worth a visit atleast once!

Visited December 2012
Thank junade
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