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“Lots more than expected”

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Ranked #9 of 40 things to do in Rotherham
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Owner description: Open your mind and prepare yourself for a mind-blowing voyage of discovery...A hands-on, feet-in, full-on day out at Magna. Opportunities for adventure are endless. Built within the Former Templeborough Steelworks, inside you can explore the four pavilions themed around the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water which are linked by suspended walkways, stairs and tunnels. Outside there is the outdoor adventure playground, Sci-Tek which will allow you to defy gravity and explore the limits of science or splash into Aqua-Tek, the outdoor water play areas where you can be sprayed, squirted, misted and drenched. Join us throughout the year for fantastic family science workshops, zip wire and a range of special events. PLEASE NOTE: Magna is a coats on experience due to the nature of the building and it dark in areas to encourage explorations and experience the feeling of the past during the days of Steel Production. See website for event schedule.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lots more than expected”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Besides being housed in a steel works building which is absolutely huge, this gives an interactive history of the steel industry. It also has four elemental areas - air, fire, water and earth. Each of these "zones" are full of interactive things to play about with to learn further. From driving a JCB to firing water cannons, setting off a plume of fire to playing air pipes, it's a real hands on experience. As two adults visiting (no kids with us) we had a lot of fun pressing all the buttons to discover more of the science. The building itself and the way it is laid out inside, makes you realise just what it must have been like when it was an operational site.

Visited July 2014
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South Yorks
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Booked online, found it easily and lots of parking. However, the water feature park within the facility was closed for a technical issue, which was disappointing as it was a lovely sunny day and the kids were prepared to get wet!
Within the facility itself, there were several school trips with a lot of waiting to use/try out various pieces of equipment. And speaking of equipment, the touch screens were not operating, and as we went through each featured area it was apparent to me that there were a lot of pieces of equipment which were not working. Including one of the three diggers in the Earth element. Almost had tantrums on my hands as the two occupants refused to come off and give anyone else a turn...no supervision there so had to grin and bear it.

Above comments made to the duty manager as we departed, and a refund will be made for our entry, which is good service, but a shame nonetheless.

Visited July 2014
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Rubbish museum but great playground!”
Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

Cold, dark boring! Loads of space with not much in between. Over 50% of attractions inside didn't work. Puts kelham island to shame! Also the water splash park was out of action. The playground was really good though, my 3 year old loved it!

Visited July 2014
Thank Claire W
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Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Very interesting for kids over 8”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed this science centre. Lots of interactive exhibits and particularly good for kids aged 12ish. Outside play area good for younger kids. The steelmaking show would probably be frightening for younger kids as dark and booming voices. All zones ( water/fire/earth/electricity) had plenty to do in them. Interesting for adults as well. Food very reasonable and tasty enough. You could bungee on the weekend we were there which was good to watch.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014 via mobile

I went with my 3 year old, a friend and her 9 year old. Children ticket prices are rather over priced.
A very large and very cold building (take a jumper!) with not a lot in it - 4 sections divided into air, water, fire and water.
We only spent 2 hours there and saw everything, not worth the money.
The cafe is only open from 12 - 2 and gets quite busy but the food is ok priced and decent quality.
I wouldn't take kids over 11 or 12, they will be very bored.
Won't be going again.

Visited May 2014
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