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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. Arrange to visit National Space Centre and other attractions in Leicester using our Leicester trip builder.
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TripAdvisor
  • Kids will love this. Push stuff, pull stuff, watch stuff (planetarium), launch a rocket, walk through a mock-up of a module of the ISS, rides, and a very very spacey shop with loads of scientific toys...  more »
  • Fun for everyone. £3 parking so much to learn and see go on explore and adventure. Snacks and food available on site. Try going late afternoon when it's less busy and avoid school trips.  more »
  • Interesting for the kids. Eating place a complete joke. Slow service, disorganized & appeared t have staff not doing an awful lot. Could've so much better, than an hour wait !!  more »
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  • An absolute awesome day Out!! I'm not a fan of all things Space and Planets related but my 4 year old daughter is :) Husband was a little skeptical about what it had to offer and to be honest we were both really pleasantly surprised. The museum is absolutely worth the admission ticket; there is so much to see and do. The amazing Planetarium show alone, was worth going for. Awesome effects, so informative and interactive. We easily spent over 4 hours there and would definitely go back to see it again in more detail. We loved it!
  • A fantastic day out. In my opinion it's well worth the money especially as it entitles you to free visits for a year. The planetarium here is a must visit and the centre itself has loads of interaction (including dress up) for all ages from about 4/5 upwards. I genuinely can't list all the great stuff you can do here, all I can do is recommend you pay this place a visit. You won't regret it.
  • Took my 5 years old & he loved every minute of it! The best experience for me was the Patrick Moore Planetarium, the sound, visualls & the story were outstanding. My boy enjoyed all of it. It took us 4 hours to experience every section. Parking costs £3 for the day. Plenty of places to sit & eat. I had a packed lunch, but there looked to be a good selection to buy. Recommend calling to check for days that schools are not visiting so it's quieter for your visit. Cost me £25 for the visit (1 x adult & 1 x over 5 yo including the Planetarium) & it came with a free annual pass so next time I visit I only need to pay for the Planetarium. There are no other hidden costs. The shop has a great variety. Will certainly visit again.
  • Place is really interesting for people & children to learn about science and astronomy. Loads of things from space including parts of space jets, clothing, planetarium 3D dome cinema. In peak times it can be very busy but most of the time during the week when kids at school good to go. Not to forget they can convert your ticket to annual pass for free of cost.
  • I've been wanting to visit here since it opened years ago and have only just got round to it. Well worth the wait - there's something for everyone here of all ages. What was quite impressive is that some of the exhibits were quite recent, for instance there was something on Tim Peake's time on the space station. Clearly it's worth revisiting in the future.