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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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  • We visited last year just as Tim Peak had returned to earth and returned to use our annual ticket and see what we'd missed. Lots of exhibits and information about life in space and other interactive a...  more »
  • £14 per adult + parking (parking on the road is free) on a normal day. Visited a few times in the past and recently went over Easter; a short 3D film was played in the dome theatre which was fun, but ...  more »
  • The centre is packed with information and interesting facts and models. The whole time I was there was just taking pictures and creating wonderful memories. A beautiful place inside and out. I had 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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