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Open Today 10:00 - 16:00

Ticket Prices

Adult £14.00
Child (5 - 16)* £11.00
Concessions £11.00
Under 5 FREE
Parking (all day) £3.00

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Opening times
School holidays (annual passes are valid)
Special Events (annual passes are valid)
Premium Events (annual passes not valid)
Evening Events (annual passes not valid and additional charges may apply)

Ticket Prices

Adult £14.00
Child (5-16) £11.00
Concessions £11.00
Under 5 FREE
Parking (all day ) £3.00

*Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Concession; over 60, Student (NUS card required), Disability. Parking for a full day is just £3.


Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

For some special events, we are also open in the evening, check the Calendar for details!

If you require a personal assistant to access the Centre, free Carer tickets are available upon arrival (cannot be purchased in advance). DLA, PIP, Blue Badge or similar are required for a free Carer ticket.

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How to find us

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

By Car

The National Space Centre is located just off the A6, two miles north of Leicester City Centre, midway between Leicester’s inner and outer ring roads.

Brown road signs with a distinctive rocket logo will direct you from the arterial routes around Leicester.

We have over 400 parking spaces in our car park, including 23 enhanced accessibility spaces, charged at £3 pay and display for the whole day.

By Bus

First Bus 54 runs every 10 mins throughout the day Monday to Saturday and every 20 mins on Sunday running from 9.30am.

The bus stop is only 2 minute’s walk away from the National Space Centre.

By Rail

East Midland Trains and Cross Country Trains serve Leicester Station. From here you can either take a bus or a taxi to the National Space Centre.

First bus 54 runs every 10 minutes Monday to Saturday and every 20 minutes on Sunday from Charles Street, a short walk from the station.

Park & Ride

The National Space Centre, Abbey Pumping Station and Dock all now have their very own Park and Ride bus stop. Just head to the Birstall Park and Ride site and hop on a bus to us.

The stop is on Abbey Lane, opposite ASDA supermarket and just a short walk to the Centre (just look for the Rocket Tower). The Park and Ride option is a great option for special events, wet school holiday days and when the 400 spaces in our car park are full.

Birstall Park & Ride Site, Loughborough Rd, Leicester LE4 4NP

Hotels & Accommodation

Marriott Hotel

4* Luxury

Located close to the M1, this four-star Hotel is minutes away. Large comfortable rooms, a full leisure centre and pool, as well as a superb buffet breakfast make the Marriott a perfect choice for staying in Leicester.

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Holiday Inn

City Centre Location

Situated at the gateway to the city centre, the Holiday Inn offers a great base for those who want to explore this great historic location. A large swimming pool and excellent on-site NCP car park make this an easy choice for your booking.

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Ramada Encore

Theatre and Cultural Quarter

The Ramada Encore Leicester is a superb stylish city centre hotel in Leicester within easy walking distance to the train station and city centre. The striking, contemporary hotel is next to the new Curve theatre and is certain to be a popular choice.

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Hilton Leicester

Close to M1 Routes

The Hilton Leicester hotel is ideally located off junction 21 of the M1 and is only three miles from Leicester city centre and the National Space Centre. Enjoy comfortable and contemporary surroundings and a convenient location

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Hotel Maiyango

Great for Couples

Hotel Maiyango is a stunning 14 bedroom boutique hotel setting a new standard in city centre accommodation in the heart of Leicester. The contemporary rooms and suite provide the relaxed luxury surroundings whether it is for a business stay over or a romantic weekend escape.

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Belmont House

Victorian Charm

Character Town House Hotel, situated in the conservation area of New Walk. Located only a short walk from Leicester train station and the shopping centres of the city. Has 75 en suite bedrooms all individually styled in their own unique decor.

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The Dandelion Hideaway

Family Glamping

Located on the edge of the Charnwood Forest, The Dandelion Hideaway offers the finest family glamping holiday. Beautiful canvas cottages with charming interiors, en-suite roll top bathrooms, two bedrooms and a ‘hayloft’.

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Horseshoe Cottage Farm

Award Winning B&B

Relax and be pampered in a lovely award winning B&B, recently restored, sustainable, award winning, 200 year old stone farmhouse and barns in Leicestershire’s Charnwood Forest.

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The Stay Play Explore Family short break is a fantastic break that families of all ages are sure to enjoy.

For just £149* a family of 2 adults and 2 children can visit any 3 of 10 exciting attractions, including the National Space Centre, and enjoy overnight accommodation including breakfast at a choice of 4 star family friendly hotels.

* During Bank Holiday weekends there is a premium rate of £159 charged for this break for 2 adults and 2 children

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Cafe & Shop

Have a meal under our amazing rockets in Boosters cafe.


Ideal for children aged 5-14.


Offers for groups of more than 15 people.