National Space Centre, Leicester

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At National Space Centre, discover the mysterious universe beyond Earth's atmosphere. The result of a partnership between the University of Leicester's Space Research Center and the British government, the space center offers six galleries containing about 150 interactive experiences related to space flight, astronomy, and cosmology. Take in a show, which is included in your admission ticket, in the award-winning, 360-degree planetarium. Afterward, head into the 42 m (138 ft) Rocket Tower to see real rockets and significant artifacts from the history of space exploration. You can learn about the workings of outer space and the planetary system through exhibits, but make sure you leave time for the 3-D space-flight simulation. See National Space Centre and all Leicester has to offer by arranging your trip with our Leicester road trip website .
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  • August 20, 2017
    We visited here with high expectations, my partner especially was very excited to go here. £3 to park for the day, we arrived around 11 there wasn't a que. Trying to purchase tickets was a bit of a mi...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Nice staff disabled friendly place and easy is the get round better than it was first open and nice restaurant and cinema of the stars / planet  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    what a brilliant day out ,the staff were friendly and helpful .The exhibits were very interesting and informative with games and activities for children (of all ages) and the icing on the cake was the...  more »
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  • A fantastic place for a family day out. Really liked the theater. Have got a years pass for the price of a day. Will surely go again. The gave a nice snacking area too. Loads of parking. Only thing is the parking does not take cards. Remember to keep change.
  • A great place to spend an afternoon. Good for everyone with an interest in space, not just children. The planetarium is a great facility, but (to my taste) let down by the current "We are stars" presentation. The simulator ride is a must (as long as you don't have back problems!)
  • It's a good educational base (giant planetarium and a live space centre), think kids' experience should matter more here. It doesn't seem to be as interactive as the smaller laboratory in Greenwich. Nice location though for a family day out.
  • I really enjoyed this, far more than I expected to. Good range of exhibits and attractions, I didn't see any that were out of order. Great show about constellations. 12 months entry included in ticket price which was a pleasent surprise.
  • Brilliant planetarium show and exhibits. All very interesting. Took annual membership so I can go back and see the parts that I didn't have time to get to today.

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A B&B near Leicester Clock Tower is within walking distance of the main attractions. Charming architecture surrounds the clock tower square and makes a lovely backdrop to walking tours of the city. For a luxury hotel, consider staying in a renovated Victorian building on the outskirts of the city center.
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