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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
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+44 116 261 0261

The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year...

The National Space Centre was voted Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and upon arrival you will understand why, this really is a visit that is out of this world.Take a journey through the six hands-on galleries, stopping at over 150 interactive experiences, then travel in the glass lift through three floors in the 42m high Rocket Tower and encounter Space Race; the epic battle for the control of space!Sit back in awe in the UK’s largest planetarium; the Space Theatre, as we take you on a voyage of discovery in this 360° fulldome experience.Are you made of the right stuff to be an astronaut of the future? Human Spaceflight: Lunar Base 2025, will test your mental and physical ability to survive the long and dangerous voyage into deep space, culminating in a stunning 3D simulator mission through the Solar System to the ice moon Europa.This summer the National Space Centre launched another world exclusive interactive experience in association with The Met Office; the Weather Pod. Take your place to deliver a weather report in 2085, what will the UK look like, how has global warming effected us and how can space science help? Why not share your experience with all your friends and post your report on Facebook, Youtube or your own blog!The National Space Centre is an all weather attraction for all the family. Situated in the heart of the Midlands, the centre is located just two miles from Leicester city centre close, with easy access from the M1 and M69, just follow the distinctive brown rocket signs on all major arterial routes to find us. On site we have over 400 parking spaces, restaurant, shop and all the facilities you would expect from a world class attraction. The National Space Centre is hours of interactive fun and breathtaking discovery.The National Space Centre hosts many exciting weekend events, including astronomy evenings, movie themed events, astronaut visits, computer gaming challenges, even an invasion by the 501st UK Garrison Star Wars group and many more… see the website for full detailsOpening TimesSchool HolidaysMonday – Sunday 10am – 5pmSchool Term Time Tuesday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pmWe suggest you allow a minimum of 4 hours for your visit

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Lego weekend

We visited on Sunday for the Lego weekend. There was lots to see for young and old alike. My 4 year old was in her element. The Space Centre itself has enough to keep a little one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here with our 9 year old and had a great day. Lots to do here and many interactive exhibits. We viewed both the planetarium shows (one is included in entry, a second is £3) and this was well worth it. Food and gifts are reasonably priced. Parking was £3. We were there for 5 hours and could have... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The planetarium was a great experience (Nanna stayed outside with our 8month old baby though) but I will definitely recommend visitors to come on school holidays only as the place is absolutely packed with school children on weekdays and the acoustics is pretty poor. Usually our baby is able to nap in his stroller while we walk around in places... More 

Thank Lotte F
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited on Sunday for the Lego weekend. There was lots to see for young and old alike. My 4 year old was in her element. The Space Centre itself has enough to keep a little one busy for a couple of hours, and given that you can convert your ticket to an annual pass for free, it's a very... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went when it 1st opened and was quite interesting back in the days however today its very dated and dare i add "scruffy"

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the NSC over the Lego weekend recently and had a reasonably good day out. Parking is £3 for the day which I always find a shame when you're already paying for the attraction itself. Over all the facilities are good, they seem a little worn and outdated. Ready for a refurb, the place is spacious but certainly when we... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is seriously the worst day out ever. I would rather have unnecessary surgery then return to this place. If you like paying lots of money to enter a confined space with armies of screaming kids and overpriced food then this could be the place for you... I didn't enjoy it. All of the "attractions" are rubbish and boring even... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a spare few hours on a recent business trip to Leicester and saw the sign for the Nation Space Center but was not aware there was such a place, I have recently canvased a few other people in the UK and they were not aware the center existed either. first thing to point out is the center is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately was disappointed. Considering we've just had a British astronaut in space there was very little information. Felt they could have made more of this. Some exhibits where quite complicated and some too much the other way. A bit tired looking. Cafe was awful. Thought it would be a full day to visit, but sadly was 1 to 2 hours.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out for all the family very informative and lots of interactive stations for younger children to limited food available just snacks but plenty of places to eat should you take a packed lunch. Well worth a visit

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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A thoroughly informative and appealing centre. Even if you do not understand all the science involved, it is still great fun to climb into a space capsule and play on all the hands on experiments. great for kids and adults alike!

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