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Journey Out Of This World At The National Space Centre

UK’s largest attraction dedicated to space

Enjoy a world class day of space discovery. See the iconic Rocket Tower & the UK’s largest domed planetarium, six hands-on galleries crammed full of space suits, rockets & satellites. Learn about space exploration.


  • Includes all 6 Galleries, the Rocket Tower, 360º Planetarium, 3D SIM Ride & Weather Pod
  • Special Events (Astronaut Visits to World Gin Day)
  • Over 150 Hands-On Challenges
  • Amazing Day for Couples, Families & Groups


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What's Included



Space Exploration Past, Present & Future



All Year & All Weather Experience



Over 150 Interactive Challenges for All

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BOOKING: to book tickets for a specific date click on 'BOOK ONLINE' below and then 'BOOK NOW'. An online booking calendar will open in a new tab and enables you to choose a date immediately. This means you're unable to use Humdinger Days donations or a voucher in this specific case but we wanted you to have a direct booking facility.

DURATION: You can spend as long as you like at the Space Centre up to a full day. We suggest four to five hours as you get a 30 minute planetarium show included. Add to this three exhibition decks in the Rocket Tower and six exhibition galleries in the main building and it can be a full day. 

Entry tickets include all activities on the site with the exception of special events such as astonaut visits etc where you will need to buy additional tickets.

  • Adult £14.00 / Child (5-16) £11.00 / Concessions £11.00 / Under 5 FREE / Parking (all day ) £3.00
  • Reduced prices for groups of 15 or more and also school and children's groups.


  • Tuesday - Friday 10:00-16:00
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00-17:00
  • Open Mondays (10:00 – 16:00) except 7th March, 20th June, 4th and 11th July.

THE DAY INCLUDES: All the following are included in the general entry ticket:-

Sir Patrick Moore Award Winning Planetarium - 360º Space Theatre, the UK's largest Planetarium

  • Journey through our Solar System and beyond. Wrap yourself in the best high definition cinema screen, add great surround sound, an awesome storyline and amazing images.
  • Multi-award winning shows throughout the day with the latest video technology, sound & computer animation to immerse you in a full 360º experience. 

42 metre Iconic Rocket Tower: encounter a real rocket

  • Blue Streak Rocket - first designed in the 1950s to be a missile and adapted in the 1960's as a European satellite launch
  • See the first sci-fi movie ever made 
  • Blast off into space inside the Vostok Capsule
  • Pilot the “Eagle” onto the lunar surface. 

Moon Rock

  • With less than 1,000kg of Moon rock on earth, this artefact is one of the most precious items you will ever see.
  • Collected by Apollo 17 Astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, near the rim of Shorty Crater.

Learn about Life in Space:

  • Walk through a mock up of the Columbus Module from the International Space Station,
  • Discover how things work in space conditions e.g. using the toilet!
  • Explore the Soyuz capsule, an internationally significant artefact made by the Russian Space Agency in the 1960s.

Walk through the Planets gallery: discover more about the planets in our Solar System

  • Stop off at Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
  • Drive a Martian rover on the red planet
  • See the Nakhla meteorite which fell to Earth in June, 1911

Exploring the Universe:

  • Discover the science behind the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) 
  • Take a trip through a wormhole
  • Watch the Big Bang.
  • Step into the Stellarium to see how our Sun fits into the known Universe,
  • Hubble Deep Space Telescope. 

Experience Tranquillity Base: become a trainee astronaut on a lunar base in the year 2025 and journey to Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

  • Learn to moon walk and control a spaceship 
  • Journey in the only UK 3D Spaceflight induction Module. Seating up to 17 astronauts, you'll take a white knuckle ride from the Earth’s moon, through meteorite showers and radiation clouds to the hair-raising ice canyon run on Europa. (1.2m height restriction)  

Orbiting the Earth: including satellite navigation, weather forecasting, emergency disaster warnings 

  • Enter the Weather Pod, watch the impact on the weather of an asteroid near to Earth 
  • Create your own sound waves in this informative and exciting gallery

Space Oddities: The Space Oddities gallery showcases some of those hidden treasures from the collection. The gallery also houses an interactive touch-table, through which you can explore some of the other highlights of the National Space Centre’s artefact collection – including the Moon Rock and the Blue Streak rocket.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Hosted throughout the year for couples, families and groups such as Astronaut visits, valentine and half term events, Return of the Garrison, Science of the Time Lords, World Gin Day.

ACCESSIBILITY: The National Space Centre allows access for all and is accessible to people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues and other special needs. 

  • Disabled parking spaces available (parking charges apply)
  • The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium has spaces for up to 6 wheelchairs
  • Wheelchairs are available on loan to visitors free of charge (subject to availability)
  • Large print information is available upon request
  • Assistance dogs are welcome
  • Touch tours are available with prior booking
  • An induction loop is fitted in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
  • Most audio exhibits are subtitled
  • For those unable to access the SIM we offer the opportunity to enjoy the show without entering the ride
  • Seating is available throughout the galleries.   

Suitable for:

  • Hard of Hearing/Deaf (All videos with sound are subtitled and hearing loops are fitted throughout the centre)
  • Restricted - Arm 
  • Restricted - Leg (The entire building is accessible. Wheelchairs and stools are available for hire free of charge at the ticketing desk. (Subject to availability))
  • Visually Impaired (Touch tours can be arranged with notice in advance of the visit. (Subject to availability))

CUSTOMER SERVICE: Your Humdinger Day starts here and we want to make sure you have a fantastic time from start to finish. Please contact us if you'd like help with the booking or any other aspects of the day.


  • Boosters Cafe serve a selection of freshly made and locally sourced sandwiches and snacks, as well as hot and cold drinks and chef made fresh soup.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions include over 60, student (NUS card required), disability.  


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Enjoy a world class day of space discovery. See the iconic Rocket Tower & the UK’s largest domed planetarium, six hands-on galleries crammed full of space suits, rockets & satellites. Learn about space exploration.