One of Britain's most visited tourist attractions, the National Space Centre in Leicester offers a world-class exhibition on the history of astronomy and space science. It's conveniently located close to numerous stylish hotels and bed and breakfast establishments, and easily accessible from the rest of the country via bus, rail and the M6.
What to See and Do at the National Space Centre
Officially 15 years old by 2016, this state-of-the-art-venue has many superb interactive exhibits and is perhaps best known for its pioneering Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. It was opened in 2012 by Sir Patrick Moore, the globally renowned astronomer who wrote dozens of books on the subject and served as the president of the British Astronomical Association.
Stargazers looking for a stylish hotel with immaculate accommodation nearby have a great selection, including the elegant three star Belmont Hotel on De Montfort Square. Housed in a grand Georgian building, it offers 24-hour room service and is within walking distance of the University of Leicester and De Montfort University.
Other Attractions near the National Space Centre
Spend some time at the historic Wygston's Chantry House and the Skeffington House, which form the Newarke Houses Museum and contain an interesting exhibition on the city's historic development and its role in the First World War. Leicester is also home to a Guildhall, which has been the focal point of the city for hundreds of years and also has an exhibition gallery illustrating the city's historic development.
Other place's worth visiting near the National Space Centre include the Abbey Pumping Museum industrial heritage attraction, the King Power Stadium headquarters of Leicester City Football Club, and the 830-acre Bradgate Park near the outskirts of the city.
A Great Choice of Hotels in Leicester
For your benefit, most hotels near the National Space Centre are equipped with WiFi, and some also provide this service free of charge. You'll also enjoy comfortable, elegantly designed furnishings and spacious bedding, and many hotels offer free parking and in-room tea and coffee-making facilities. More deluxe hotels also provide excellent business facilities and spacious conference venues that are suitable for various corporate functions and other private events.