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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number: +44 116 261 0261
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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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Great day out

This was our first ever visit to the national space centre but most certainly not the last. It's a great location for even very young children. Our little one (2 years) loved the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first ever visit to the national space centre but most certainly not the last. It's a great location for even very young children. Our little one (2 years) loved the film shown at the planetarium, the rockets in the rocket tower and all the exhibits. Especially those that could be touched and played with. We've spend nearly... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and your time taken to offer feedback and a review. We are sorry to read about your experience in the baby changing room and have spoken to our housekeeping team to have the checks of this facility increased throughout the day. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went because of Steampunks-in-space. Good venue with interesting things to see and learn about. The Steampunks-in-space weekend was great too

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for Steampunk in Space and your time to offer feedback. We love this event and have a lot of fun organising it and meeting splendid people over the weekend. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was in the area so thought to give it a visit. The place itself was excellent with great exhibits. The panoramic film depicting the origins of life was truly spectacular (similar to a himax experience) Unfortunately there were far too many children's groups in attendance. Hundreds of kids running riot. They ought to limit these to create a better balance.... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and your feedback. The Centre is a not-for-profit educational charity and we welcome around 80,000 school children to the Centre throughout the year on educational visits. We do strongly suggest that visitors wishing to experience the Centre without school visits, do so at weekends and during the school holiday periods. Obviously many... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went at easter during the school holidays. It was absolutely rammed and we had to queue to get in. The exhibits are great especially if you're a bit of a sci-fi geek. The restaurant was busy and I think they were struggling to tidy up . Going up to the top of the tower took a while due to... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. We do tend to be very busy on wet cold days in the school holiday period. Use your FREE Annual Pass upgrade on a warm sunny day in the summer holidays and you will find a very different experience. We do try... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Steampunks in Space and had a really good time. The Space Centre was open for the usual events and there were extra activities for the Steampunks, the staff were so helpful and pleasant. I would recommend the Space Centre to anyone whether you have children or not.

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. Sounds like you visited for our very popular Steampunks in Space events. It is one of the most splendid weekends of the year. More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in the morning so it was quiet and we got to be hands on with the displays. We all have an interest in the Space and science so get lots out of going. There is a lot to read but our 4 year old loves it as there's lots of TV footage, a simulation of landing on the... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. We hope to welcome you back to the Centre again very soon. More 

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An adult visit to the space centre. Great information but full of school children. We thought it would be quieter on a weekday instead of weekend but we were wrong. Actually I'm not convinced there was a quiet time. The exhibits were brilliant. Shane the weather pod was out of order and that two of us had motion sickness in... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. The Weather Pod is currently being upgraded, so you can enjoy it on your next visit - FREE Annual Pass upgrade does come in handy! More 

Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went on a week day hundreds of kids ,so very noisy but then it is a kids paradise. quite interesting . tickets are upgraded to a yearly entrance so you can visit many times. We are the stars show in the planetarium was a fantastic experience, but needs to be booked when you buy your tickets. Pay and display parking... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. We hope to welcome you back to the Centre again very soon. More 

Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my two youngest boys (11 and 14) who are both fascinated by space and science. I had not really heard of this place so I had no idea what to expect. Compared with some of the London museums the entry price may be thought of a bit steep. Plus there is an extra charge if you want to... More 

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Huge thanks for visiting the National Space Centre and your 5* review. We are delighted you had a great day out and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Centre had a good collection of rocketry from the earliest times to the present day. There are activities at regular intervals for technology aficionados such as steam punks (steam powered space travel). On the day we visited there were many folk dressed in 19th century clothing with steam apparatus attached.

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Malika A, Manager at National Space Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the National Space Centre and for your time to provide feedback and a review. Sounds like you visited for our very popular Steampunks in Space events. It is one of the most splendid weekends of the year. More 

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