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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Would highly recommend - loads of interactive activities and lots to read. Takes a few hours. Great for kids. Parking is £3 all day. The ONLY reason this did not get 5stars was the abrupt, arrogant, rude, cantankerous woman asking to do a survey: asked if we'd like to do one and huffed and turned away when we said sorry, we are tight on time. She accosted us again later and was equally abrupt and demanding! (Not sure if she was affiliated staff through charity etc!?) Other than that, it was great! :)
  • Great interactive points, made in a very entertaining and fun way. I saw all ages there, even really little ones. I think school age upwards would probably be best but I'm sure younger ones would be fairly interesting. I went with my partner and we had a great afternoon.
  • Can't recommend highly enough. 1 of the best days out we've ever had! Fascinating place and very interactive. Book online and get an annual pass, we will definitely be going back. Staff were also fantastic, very knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble. Very young to very old will be astounded! 👍👍👍
  • Such an amazing educational centre! Really well designed interactive displays and so many fantastic things to look at. Good luck fitting everything into a single visit - we upgraded to an annual pass (free), and have had some great days out to complement KS2 science learning.
  • A great day out, educational and entertaining. Just stunned by the size of the Soyuz and Thor. And the entertainment in the cafeteria ( no spoilers) is ceaselessly entertaining. The food and beverage quality is actually very good value. The parking is adequate and the car park staff are very efficient and friendly. The planetarium show is breathtaking. Go enjoy...

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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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