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The National Space Centre is closed today.

Ticket Prices

Adult £15.50
Child (5 - 16)* £12.50
Concessions £12.50
Under 5 FREE
Parking (all day) £3.00

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)

To ensure the safety of visitors and staff, we are currently closed.

Book online now and upgrade to a free annual pass

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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 minutes’ 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

Car Parking

The National Space Centre has over 400 onsite parking spaces, including a coach park and accessible spaces. Please note that on special/premium events and February/October half term periods all three car parks can fill VERY quickly (consider Birstall Park and Ride and an alternative).

All vehicles are parked at the owners risk and the National Space Centre takes no responsibility for any damage to vehicles made by other car park users.

The following fees are in place 09:00-17:00.

The charge covers the upkeep of the facility, meaning that the charity money can be used to ensure the curation of the artefact collection and our focus on education for schools, families, children and adults.

It also means that those not using the car park, do not pay for the facility.

General visitors in Motor-homes/Caravans that require more than one space £5.00 (payment at the main ticketing desk)

Coaches – Pre-booked visit (on our schedule) – FOC
Coaches – Not pre-booked visit - £10 (cannot be offered on peak periods)
Coaches – Parking only , no visitors - £15 (cannot be offered on peak periods)

Please note, we do not offer overnight parking. This includes mobile homes and caravans.

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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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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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.