For a family of four it cost £35 pre booked. Car park was £3 on Sunday and was a short walk from the museum, found it easily with the Sat Nav. My son went with school and wanted to go agsin, he especially wanted to go to the outdoor science garden but as we went in January this was closed. We did get a free ticket to go back to the garden only. There was a film showing in the planetarium, which kids enjoyed (6 and 11 year old boys). Museum is split over a few floors. Cafe on bottom one, We took a picnic and there is a seating area near the cafe for your packed lunch, I did also buy a jacket potato and salad for £2.60, normal meals i.e. fish and chips were £6 onwards, but they did do pieces of pizza etc at a reasonable price. All staff were friendly and helpful. There was a craft session which my 6 year old enjoyed, this was in the picnic area so no picnics after 3pm lol. The gift shop had a few small pocket money toys but I found some of the gifts expensive. My boys spent their xmas moiney on lego kits in there. The kids city was one of their favourite things, lots of pretend play going on with a lot of props, there was a cafe, garage, doctors, working telephones and a water bit etc, some of it looking tired but still enjoyed by all ages. Lots of displays and interactive displays to mess with, some were not working but around 85% were working, all sorts from steam engines and a train to a working mini, robots, and a working digger which you controlled to scoop balls up (the type that you normally pay a £1 to use). Loads of different topics and displays, I also learnt some things! We spent all day there, I did not think we would looking at some of the reviews but it depends on what your expectations are, I went with an open mind and if you are not going to stop and look at everything and do the experiments and interact with the displays then you would find it boring, you can't go expecting to be entertained, you have to participate as well, a little bit.
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