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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 2 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 2 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 

Hawthorn,Co.Durham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our grandchildren from 7 to 15 yrs really enjoyed this attraction. There's loads to do for all ages...and grandparents too , lots of interactive items and puzzles for young children. We were there all day and did not see everything I was quite amazed at how interesting it was to all 11 in the party.

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Thank Brenda H
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. Brilliant to see that the Centre kept your family entertained for a whole day. If you missed anything, please use the FREE Annual Pass offer to come back and do it all again. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely full of fascinating facts and interactive exhibits (well, some of them were working,). This space centre sets out to educate and entertain in a well thought through, and well designed manner. Set at a pitch that can be understood with out being patronising, if I had to make an adverse observation, it would be this. On the day we... 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. If you are visiting with younger children, check out our Small Space days (next one May 2017), where we add lots for toddlers to get involved with and make it easier on parents, grandparents and guardians. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is what it says, it's ok for a day out not my favourite place to go, my son enjoyed it, slightly pricey gift shop, you can spend a few hours here and educational. Nice play area.

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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 your son enjoyed his day with us. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great place. Planetarium is amazing. We all learnt alot and my 2.5y old loved it too. But take a step for young children as i had to do alot of lifting today. They do need to do some manitenace and fix a few broken exhibits but hopfully that will be done soon. Love that they have an area for... 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. Check out our Small Space days for toddlers, as there is a lot of additional workshops, activities and crafts just for toddlers. If you upgraded to the FREE Annual Pass, entry is free! More 

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