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National Space Centre, Leicester

National Space Centre


National Space Centre

The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience for the whole family! 

With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really is something for everybody to enjoy. Add to this on-site parking, café, shop and all the facilities you would expect from a world class attraction and you have an all-weather day out in Leicester, at the heart of the UK.

The rocket tower is pretty impressive for people of all ages, as it towers 42m into the air and its semi-transparent “pillow” design can be seen as you approach the Centre from any direction! It is home two rockets: Blue Streak and Thor Able, as well as a Gagarin Experience, Apollo Lunar Lander and real Moon Rock.

If that’s not enough, your entry ticket gets you a free show at the planetarium, which is the largest in the UK and first opened in 2012 by the astronomy hero Sir Patrick Moore. Depending on the time of your visit you can see We Are Stars – exploring the secrets of our explosive origins – or a presenter lead tour of the Night Sky, journeying through our solar system to galaxies beyond. With every show including the latest video technologies, sound and computer animation, you will be fully immersed in a 360 degrees cinema experience.

Each year the National Space Centre hosts many special weekends which in the past have included celebrations of Star Wars, LEGO and Daleks. School holiday periods are always exciting, as the Centre adds plenty of workshops and talks into the mix, so advanced booking is advised.  Don’t forget that if you book in advance not only will you beat the queues, but you’ll be able to upgrade to a FREE Annual Pass allowing you to return free of charge. Since there are no booking fees the prices are clear and easy to understand.

The National Space Centre is also a unique venue for a wide range of events including conferences, wedding receptions and Christmas parties. Making the most of the spectacular content and the state-of-the-art building, including the UK’s largest planetarium, the Centre offers a wide range of dynamic venue space for conferences, meetings, weddings, team building, parties and private functions.

A day out at The National Space Centre is a truly out of this world experience and bound to work up an appetite. Why not stop off at Booster’s Café for freshly made sandwiches, warm nachos with fresh chilli, cheese and salsa as well as gourmet hot dogs.

A visit to The National Space Centre wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Cargo Bay Shop to pick up a souvenir as a memento of your journey to outer space. The shop boasts a full range of fun and interactive space toys, books, games and telescopes.

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Visitor Details

Key Information

Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Tel: +44 (0)116 2610261

Opening Times

Opening hours - term time (1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Friday10:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Opening hours - school holidays (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* The Centre is closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Please check the website before any visit to ensure we are open prior to travel.



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Friday, 22 November 2019 - Friday, 22 November 2019

Wild Wild West 20th AnniversaryWild Wild West 20th Anniversary
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Thursday, 5 September 2019 - Friday, 29 November 2019

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 - Saturday, 26 October 2019

stars and spaceFamily Halloween Party with Shaun the Sheep
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Saturday, 23 November 2019 - Sunday, 24 November 2019

spaceman and spaceSteampunks in Space
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Sunday, 1 December 2019 - Sunday, 1 December 2019

crafts and space itemsMuseum Shop Sunday
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Friday, 20 December 2019 - Friday, 20 December 2019

Small Space Santa SpecialSmall Space Santa Special
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