We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
Phone Number:
+44 116 261 0261
Website
Description:

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

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 2,098 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 853
    Excellent
  • 734
    Very good
  • 308
    Average
  • 114
    Poor
  • 72
    Terrible
Worth a visit

Really for kids older than 5 but worth the trip if you haven't been. The Patrick Moore auditorium show was excellent and finished the day of perfectly. Even my 3 year old had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
pops123456
,
midlands
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

2,098 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 2,081: English reviews
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A fab day out usually spend around 4 hours here. Lots to do and 4d show was fabulous. Did get quite busy for queuing but managed to do everything

Helpful?
Thank KellyFlembo
Wirral, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
245 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots to do and very interesting. Great value for money as you can stay all day. Best and freshest sandwich I have ever had prepackaged!

Helpful?
Thank gourmet42
Stow, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went in a Sunday and had a great time. There was plenty to do and the people were able to move about freely. The video was really nicely done. We did the experience to see if you are fit enough to be an astronaut and I don't think they cleaned the glasses for the three d experience. 😬

Helpful?
Thank KoaKumu
midlands
Level Contributor
31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really for kids older than 5 but worth the trip if you haven't been. The Patrick Moore auditorium show was excellent and finished the day of perfectly. Even my 3 year old had fun. If you book online you get free entry for 12 months!

Helpful?
Thank pops123456
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Easy and cheap parking at £3 for all day. Don't forget to book online and upgrade your tickets or free to annual passes! There is a lot to see and do for children of all ages, experiments to try, buttons to press and activities to take part in. Lots of genuine space shuttles, suits and equipment to see including a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Clown F
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Spent an interesting few hours here. There is so much to see but thankfully tickets last for 1 year. It was very busy as it was half term so the planetarium show was more geared towards children. We'll definitely visit again when we're in the area.

Helpful?
Thank jcb437
Level Contributor
3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very educational for older children. Nice family day out. The auditorium was lovely with our young boys aged 1. We were there in half term so very busy at 1000 but much quieter in the afternoon. Automatic free return within the year...nice touch

Helpful?
Thank Cec4d
Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my 9 year old as she is learning about space at school. Lots of things to see and do. Simple food options (rolls or hot dogs). Also has a picnic area. The planetarium show was really good. Great place for all the family.

Helpful?
Thank Lynne C
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

All in all we spent 3 hours here. It's a really interesting place and there are a few bits and pieces for younger kids to do but a lot of information is on boards so if your child can't read it then it's all a bit lost on them. The planetarium (I think that is what it's called) where they... More 

Helpful?
Thank nikkismudge
Northampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited in half term 😯😯 It was very busy and chaotic to begin with when trying to get tickets checked. We started with the top floor and worked our way down - not much to see in the rocket tower though. We had a good day, alot to see and do. For under 5's they had dressing up and... More 

Helpful?
Thank sophie k

Travellers who viewed National Space Centre also viewed

 
Leicester, Leicestershire
 

Been to National Space Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Space Centre and other visitors
30 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (30)

Questions? Get answers from National Space Centre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?