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Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS, England
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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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A fantastic day out for everyone

We arrived here on a rainy day some time last year with very few expectations and we were absolutely blown away. If you gift aid your tickets you can go back as much as you like... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ideal for children. Lots to explore and great if your interested in space and science . Can drive there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived here on a rainy day some time last year with very few expectations and we were absolutely blown away. If you gift aid your tickets you can go back as much as you like for a year - and you'll need to because you can't do it all in a day! We returned again for halloween where they... More 

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

The space centre is a fair way from the city centre and if you don't drive you can only get a bus there. It is expensive to get in but worth as its good fun for the kids and if you are in to science and space.

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Thank Ethan E
Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent sight seeing for children to explore, lots of different things to see, bring a camera as you can look out over leicester, could make it a long visit with children to experience but for me just a short visit

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

Great place to spend a few hours with children of all ages. Some really interesting things to participate in, especially the weather booth where you can predict the weather yourself.

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Thank Christina K
Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My boyfriend and I (24 and 25) came on a Saturday afternoon. Despite being lots of kids around and it being quite busy there is lots of room to spread out and it doesn't feel overcrowded. There's lots of interesting facts, a 3D simulation to space ride and the planetarium. The planetarium film was very in depth and we found... More 

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

Have been several times with the grandchildren, as they gat older they get more from it. Get the annual pass and visit twice a year. Its a safe and well managed environment. Book online to avoid queue. Arrive early, before 10.00am and have car park coins £3 ready. Area for packed lunches if you wish.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have often driven by the signs and wondered whether it was worth visiting. Well now we have visited I will be making use of the free annual pass. My Son who is 6 enjoyed the hands on displays and it sparked brilliant childhood memories for me. I learnt lots of interesting information, much more than my two visits 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 time to offer feedback. It is great to read that you not only enjoyed your day, but learnt lots too! Well done on landing the lunar module, something even trained Apollo astronauts have struggled with. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I live close to the Space Centre so regularly visit on an annual pass which is great if you live in the area! Good for families with children, on site cafe and a park near by.

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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 time to offer feedback. Great to see local people getting the most out of the centre... hello neighbour! More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went on a wet bank holiday Monday due to having won tickets through a raffle and had heard great things about the space centre. However, this was sadly a disappointment we spent 45 minutes there and most of that was queuing outside and when we got in we ended up quickly walking round and going home disputed having taken the... 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 time to offer feedback. We are a bit worried that you might have missed large areas of the Centre based on you time spent here. The three exhibition decks of the Rocket Tower, 30 minute fulldome Planetarium show, the 7 interactive main floor galleries, over 150 hands on activities, 3D... More 

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