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Opening Times

Opening Times

Science Centre opening times

Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)

Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm (recommended last entry 4:00pm)

Open as usual on Bank Holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Life Science Centre will be closed from 9 to 13 January inclusive while we make some exciting changes and carry out essential maintenance. The ice rink will be open as usual.

Please see the Food and Drink page for information on Times Square Cafe opening times.

"Absolutely fantastic day out for children and parents. Spent 6 hours and could've stayed longer. Can't wait to visit again."

- Trip Advisor review

Ice skating at Life

12 November 2016 - 26 February 2017

Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 8.00pm

Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm

Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm

Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm

Christmas/New Year

Christmas Eve, 24 December 10.00am - 6.00pm

Book your slot for Christmas Eve online. Booking is essential!

New Year’s Eve, 31 December 10.00am - 6.00pm

CLOSED Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day.

27 December 2016 – 26 February 2017

Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 7.00pm

Sunday 11.00am – 6.00pm

Buying tickets

Science Centre tickets must be purchased at reception on the day of your visit. Online booking is not available.

Check our website before you visit for details of any closures or changes.


Many of our special events, including adult events and pre-school days, have their own opening times and event details. Find your event in our What's On section for more information and online booking where available.

Please note, the Experiment Zone has separate opening times. See the Experiment Zone page for details.

When to visit

On weekdays during term time we may be busy with school groups; we recommend visitors arrive after 2pm for a quieter experience.

At quiet times we may close early. If you're planning to visit after 3pm, call us first on (0191) 243 8268.

Closures and changes to opening times

Outside of peak times we occasionally have to close areas of the Science Centre for routine maintenance or special events. We share information about planned closures on our website (look out for the Need to Know section at the top right of many pages), via Facebook and Twitter, and via our regular email newsletters where possible.