Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Nectar
Collect Nectar points
Nectar
Collect Nectar points
Nectar
Collect Nectar points

National Space Centre

Learn about the solar system and famous space missions, become a trainee astronaut for the day and attend planetarium shows at this interactive museum.

Enjoy a captivating introduction to the magic and mystery of our universe at the National Space Centre. With six hands-on galleries, more than 150 activities, a planetarium and a rocket tower, this is one of Britain’s biggest space-themed attractions. The National Space Centre’s entertaining and family-friendly exhibits cover everything from iconic journeys to the moon to the search for extraterrestrials and the makeup of the solar system.

Step inside the futuristic-looking building to an open-plan area with displays of meteorites, planets, rockets, spacesuits, video presentations and more. A good place to start your journey is in the 138-feet (42-meter) tall Rocket Tower. Relive the groundbreaking missions of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space, and Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. Spot original rockets, including a Blue Streak and Thor Able.

Another major highlight is the 360-degree planetarium, which is named after the legendary English astronomer Sir Patrick Moore. Watch animated movies about how the endeavors of astronomers and astronauts help educate the public about the universe. Take a virtual tour of the night sky and identify constellations with a knowledgeable guide.

Examine spacesuits and a genuine Russian-built Soyuz capsule in the Into Space gallery. Try to recreate the Big Bang, look for planets on a virtual voyage and get up-close with aliens in the Exploring the Universe gallery. This area also contains a walk-through mock solar system, complete with planets such as Jupiter, Mars and Venus.

Discover more about the satellites used for predicting the weather and natural disasters in Orbiting Earth. Go to the Space Now! section to find out what is currently happening in space. Pretend you’re an apprentice astronaut traveling to Europa, Jupiter’s moon, at the center’s Tranquility Base. 

The National Space Centre is about a 15-minute drive from Leicester’s city center. Ride public buses from central Leicester or drive. Parking is available on-site for a fee. The center is open from Tuesday to Sunday and a fee is required to enter. Visit the official website for full details plus information about special events.


Guide to Exploring National Space Centre


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 627 Hotels near National Space Centre
Holiday Inn Leicester

Holiday Inn Leicester

129 Saint Nicholas Circle, Leicester
3.9
of 5, from 395 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is steps away from Statue of Richard III and Jewry Wall. Leicester Cathedral and Highcross Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Campanile Leicester

Hotel Campanile Leicester

St Matthews Way, Leicester
3.5
of 5, from 642 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Haymarket Shopping Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Jewry Wall and New Walk Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Comfort Hotel Leicester

Comfort Hotel Leicester

23-25 Loughborough Road, Leicester
2.4
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of National Space Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Jewry Wall and New Walk Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Abbey Hotel by Trivelles

Abbey Hotel by Trivelles

104 Saint Margaret's Way, Leicester
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is close to National Space Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre and Jewry Wall. Also nearby are Leicester Cathedral and New Walk Museum.

Hotel Maiyango

Hotel Maiyango

13-21 St. Nicholas Place, Leicester
4.0
of 5, from 33 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is steps away from St. Nicholas Church, Jewry Wall and Leicester Cathedral. Highcross Shopping Centre and New Walk Museum are also within 15 minutes.

The Belmont Hotel

The Belmont Hotel

20 De Montfort Square, Leicester
4.2
of 5, from 483 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of University of Leicester and New Walk Museum. Leicester Cathedral and Jewry Wall are also within 1 mile (2 km).

Ramada Encore Leicester

Ramada Encore Leicester

84-90 Charles St, Leicester
3.9
of 5, from 400 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Leicester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Curve Theatre, Leicester Cathedral and Highcross Shopping Centre. New Walk Museum and Jewry Wall are also within 15 minutes.

The Bell Gate House

The Bell Gate House

The Bell Gate House, First floor, Leicester
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Leicester, this hotel is close to Haymarket Shopping Centre, Highcross Shopping Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Also nearby are Jewry Wall and New Walk Museum.