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On site facilities include: Six interactive galleries
Over 150 hands-on challenges
Iconic Rocket Tower
UK’s largest Planetarium
3D SIM Ride
Weather Pod
Over 400 parking spaces
Gift shop
Free Cash Machine
Baby Changing Facilities
Disabled Access

“I absolutely love the place! My first visit was for the Sci-Fi weekend and it was genuinely one of the best days out I have had. The Space Centre is full of great things to do and interact with, the displays are bright and interesting, educational and not patronizing. There is plenty to do all day long. As for the theatre show.....WOW. Just. WOW. It is amazing.” Chris, CambridgeSmiley

The National Space Centre is an all-weather attraction for all the family, situated in the heart of the Midlands, located just two miles from Leicester city centre. Why not take a tour round the centre, or check out our special events and birthday parties for a full range of ideas to make your visit out of this world.

“This is one of the most exciting and interesting attractions on the planet. It captures completely the awesome universe in which we live.” Stephan M, Oakham

Rocket Tower

Rocket Tower

Imagine if you could encounter real rockets, see the first sci-fi movie ever made, take the ultimate water rocket challenge, blast off into space inside the Vostok Capsule, see a dog spacesuit, see the last piece of genuine moon rock to be returned to Earth and challenge yourself to pilot the “Eagle” onto the lunar surface. Now put them all in one amazing Rocket Tower. Welcome to the National Space Centre.



The Spaceflight Induction Module is the only one in the UK. Seating up to 17 astronauts, you will take a white knuckle ride from the Earth’s moon, through meteorite showers and radiation clouds, before the hair-raising ice canyon run on Europa itself. Join the rest of the crew for a briefing session about your journey to the inhospitable ice moon, before boarding the spacecraft for your 3D mission.



Every first visit to the National Space Centre includes a visit to the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. The largest planetarium dome in the UK will take you on a 360° journey through our Solar System and beyond. Multi-award winning shows play throughout the day, with additional presenter led tours of the night sky added at peak periods to inspire you further.

We know how expensive it can be to take the whole family out for the day, so imagine if you could enjoy 318 amazing days out and only pay for one!


“The National Space Centre is fantastic. I have taken my grandchildren on two occasions and each time they have been mesmerised by what they have seen. Amazing day out.” Gill K, Derby

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From our Blog:

When we are not busy running a Science Centre, hosting events, teaching children and generally being... busy, some of our team also work with the magazine All About Space, to answer your questions all about space!


Space Now:

This year as part of our Steampunks in Space celebration we investigated the noble art of Tea Duelling. Come and have a look at our findings.


Birthday Parties:

Celebrate your birthday at the National Space Centre with our fantastic birthday party packages!

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