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“Magna, a great day out but very costly”

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Ranked #10 of 42 things to do in Rotherham
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Owner description: Open your mind and prepare yourself for a mind-blowing voyage of discovery...A hands-on, feet-in, full-on day out at Magna. Opportunities for adventure are endless. Built within the Former Templeborough Steelworks, inside you can explore the four pavilions themed around the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water which are linked by suspended walkways, stairs and tunnels. Outside there is the outdoor adventure playground, Sci-Tek which will allow you to defy gravity and explore the limits of science or splash into Aqua-Tek, the outdoor water play areas where you can be sprayed, squirted, misted and drenched. Join us throughout the year for fantastic family science workshops, zip wire and a range of special events. PLEASE NOTE: Magna is a coats on experience due to the nature of the building and it dark in areas to encourage explorations and experience the feeling of the past during the days of Steel Production. See website for event schedule.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Visited on bank holiday - Good Friday 2013. This is a stunning attraction, installed within an old steel works. Great for families but definitely a middle class oriented space. For 4 adults and one child, we paid over £55! Many of the science activities were broken and we were not the only visitors disappointed by this.
I general, this is a fabulous educational opportunity, but it needs more investment ( maybe some of the costly entry fee can be channeled this way....). Giving our paper info sheets in a setting that s barely lit means you can't read anything. Get up to date with some audio tour kit and you can easily solve this.
I would go again, without doubt, but more attention to detail s needed and get on top of your repairs!

Thank Winicat
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Reviewed March 29, 2013

Terrible, took the grand children and it was so disappointing and terribly cold, for an indoor attraction to offer no form of heating is deplorable. An awful lot of the attractions, exhibits, interactive displays are not working or fuctioning. Entry admission fees can be converted to a yearly pass but why would you subject them to the disappointment again. I would suggest you save the entry fee and travel costs and visit the National Space Centre at Leicester, The Deep or any number of places before wasting your time and money here.

Thank stoneian
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I went here when it first opened and it was fantastic so when we got the chance to take my gf's 6 year old I.was more excited than him. Must say it was hugely disappointing nothing worked or was completely removed with nothing to replace it with. Giftshop was minimalist. The make your own slime was a good group activity for only £1. The outdoor wetpark was great and bandits bar been rammed. We got a yearly pass free but it wouldn't have been worth the trip from Sheffield to go again even for free.

Thank KyleKaye
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Fantastic day out whatever the weather and age - just 2 minutes from junction 34 M1 - easy to drive too. loads of parking for all ages. It is a former steelworks with industrial heritage which has been divided into pavilions for Earth (try your hand at JCB driving), Fire (feel the heat), Water (have a change of clothes ready) and Air (feel the wind) where there are challenges to undertake and interactive games. A high tech playground outside. All sections are great for all ages. Open 7 days per week and although it costs 8-10 each, once completing a form there is 12 months re-entry. There are reduced family tickets too. Why not take a picnic and enjoy the sunshine outside rather than eating in the cafe which has good food. Toilets excellent. Friendly staff and a guide can be arranged for a full in depth knowledge of how the steelworks worked.

Thank Miriam M
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

I heard good reports about Magna so took our 2 grandsons, 9 and 5. Firstly, at over £35 its a bit steep. We were given a map, but the place is so dark we couldnt read it most of the time. A lot of the interactive exhibits were broken and the place is poorly signed, so we struggled to find our way around, no signs at the lift exits to let you know where you were.
It is a big building, and you are warned it can be cold, and it was!. In the water pavillion, cold water+ small children!! No towels so the cold really told then.
Excellent outside play area, bet that is great in better weather.
Not a complete waste of time, but not as good as expected

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