For bookings call 0116 258 2100 (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00)
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The National Space Centre is situated in the heart of the UK, with easy access from the M1, M6 and M69. Follow the distinctive brown rocket signs and park in our large dedicated coach park, just 100m from the main entrance.

One or our team will meet your coach upon arrival and fast track you through the ticketing process and any queues, leaving you free to discover the amazing history of space exploration and visit the UK’s largest planetarium.


The Centre is packed with information, artefacts, things to see and do, as well as trained staff to answer questions or assist your party along the way.

You can plan a full or half day visit, to include a 30-minute planetarium show, lunch beneath giant rockets and of course a trip to the well-stocked gift shop.

If you are considering the National Space Centre for the first time, why not book our new TEA & WEE stop package. This offers an opportunity to break your journey with free parking, toilet facilities, shop and café, with no entry costs.


Mercury Mission Package

Entry to the galleries
Planetarium Show
Free coach parking
Fast Track Entry
Space Crew Briefing
Free Coach Driver Entry
Free Organiser Entry

Adult £10
 Concession* £9

Jupiter Mission Package

Entry to the galleries
Planetarium Show
3D SIM Ride (height and H&S restrictions)
Free coach parking
Fast Track Entry
Space Crew Briefing
Free Coach Driver Entry
Free Organiser Entry

Adult £11
 Concession* £10

Exclusive money saving packages have been created to ensure you have an out of this world experience at a down to earth price.

*children under 14, over 65, NUS card holders and disabled patrons.

Rest and Refresh Package

• Free Coach Parking (for the duration of your stop at the Centre)
• Use of Toilet Facilities
• Use of Café and Shop

There is no cost for this facility, but to ensure we are able to accommodate you, this package must be booked in advance.


Leicester Parking Package

If you are dropping off visitors to other city centre attractions and in need of easy to access coach parking facilities, the National Space Centre can help.

All day parking is just £10 when booked in advance or £15 on the day per coach

Please call in advance to make a booking and secure your space – 0116 258 2128

(this number is only for parking bookings)

Guided Tours, Touch Tours and Curator Sessions

With our paid for packages, your party are free to explore the galleries and Rocket Tower throughout the day, however, if you would like to enhance your visit you can book an additional tour or bespoke session:

• Crown Jewel Tour – discover the highlights of our collection
• Touch Tour – developed for visually impaired visitors to see the collection in a different way
• Artefact Handling – an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the pieces from our collection

Prices start from £50 per session, so please ask when booking for availability and more details.


Scouting & Guiding Groups

The National Space Centre is an excellent venue for a day out, but why not join us and achieve that all important badge to add to your collection.

For just £10.99 per child you will receive the following:

• Printable Space Trail to use in the galleries
• Space Centre woven badge per child
• Craft Resources
• Allocated lunch slot area
• Entrance to the galleries
• Presenter led Tour of the Night Sky planetarium show

For bookings call
0116 258 2100

(Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00)

Boosters Cafe

Boosters Cafe

Why not save time and money by booking our special groups packages?

Morning Coffee
Enjoy a slice of homemade cake and a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea

Lunch Package
Add vouchers to your package, which can be used at Boosters Café or the Cargo Bay shop
£5.00, £6.00 or £7.00

Afternoon Tea
Finish your visit with a homemade scone, served with cream and jam, as well as a cup of tea or coffee.

Cargo Bay Gift Shop

As you would expect from any world class attraction, the National Space Centre has a fully stocked gift shop for you to visit.

We can also provide Cosmic Cargo Packs for you to save time and money, please ask the Bookings Team for full details.




How far is the coach park from the main entrance? The main doors are just over 100m from the coach park. There is a gentle incline down to the main entrance.

Do you have a café? Yes, we have a café at the bottom of the Rocket Tower. It serves homemade soups, sandwiches, snacks, hot dogs, cakes, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Do you have a picnic area? Yes, but this must be booked in advance, as limited space is available.

How long does it take to visit the Centre? We suggest 3-4 hours to enjoy the galleries and Planetarium show. You can add 60-90 minutes for a light lunch, or afternoon tea, as well as free time in the shop.

Group Bookings Terms & Conditions

  • A booking is deemed provisional until we receive a signed booking confirmation letter.
  • This should be returned to us no later than 14 days from the date of the letter.
  • Please confirm any change to your numbers 7 days prior to your visit.
  • Groups that give less than 14 days notice cancellation will be liable for the full cost of their booking.
  • Children will need to be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
  • Normal Terms and Conditions of Entry apply.
  • SIM rides at £1 per person if required as an addition on the Mercury package.
  • The SIM has height and H&S restrictions, so please check suitability for your party in advance.
  • Minimum numbers for group bookings are 15 persons. If this drops below 15 upon arrival, full price will be charged.
  • One payment in full must be made upon arrival.
  • A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking.
  • Group bookings cannot be taken for Premium Events, or during the February and October school holiday period.
  • Tours can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.