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Published May 15th 2020
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The is a great place to visit for the day if you have an interest in space, engineering or science, with something to suit all ages.



The National Space Centre was opened back in 2001 and houses a vast array of space memorabilia, including the Blue Streak and Thor Able rockets that sit upright inside a unique clear bubble type dome that is made out of high tech ETFE pillows.



Wandering through, there are eight different areas with many hands-on exhibits that are fun and informative. Some of the popular ones, like the Micro-G-Manoeuvre, tended to have a constant line up of people with a ten minute wait time.



Their planetarium, which is named in honour of Sir Patrick Moore, sits in the centre of the building and shows some awe-inspiring and educational films. With shows changing regularly, you can immerse yourself in this 360-degree display.



They have parking for over 400 cars at the cost of 3GBP for the whole day. If it is full, there are park and ride options nearby with bus stops only a two-minute walk away.



Packed with lots to see and do, it would be easy to spend a full day here, though it can get busy with school children, which can make it hard to look at some of the exhibits. Upon arrival, you can get the ticket staff to upgrade your ticket to an annual pass for free.



Special and evening events take place throughout the year and are usually open to annual pass holders. Details of events can be found on their calendar.



There is a reasonably priced café on the ground floor, though at the time we visited, there weren't many options for vegetarians.

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Why? Learn all about space travel
When: Open 10am to 4pm most days website has up to date details
Phone: 0116 261 0261
Where: National Space Centre Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS
Cost: Adult £15.50 Child (5-16) £12.50 Concessions £12.50 Under 5 FREE
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