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We welcome all our visitors and work hard to make sure our facilities are accessible to everyone. 

Tickets for timed slots can be purchased online in advance of your visit. Some slots on the afternoon will be kept free for walk-ups - but booking is advised to avoid disappointment. We are usually a little quieter on the afternoon, so we'd recommend booking the 2:00pm time slot if you'd prefer to come when there are less visitors in the science centre. 

If you have any special access requirements, please get in touch before you visit so that we can meet your needs. Please email info@life.org.uk.

Useful resources

 
Life's visual story gives a detailed walkthrough of what to expect in the science centre, including sensory information about specific exhibitions. It is developed and reviewed in consultation with our friends at North East Autism Society. The document uses 'Atkinson Hyperlegible' typeface, designed by Applied Design Works and the Braille Institute to be accessible to the visually impaired community.
 
  • There is no admission fee for under-5s, but their free tickets must be pre-booked online. 
  • ​We are breastfeeding friendly throughout the science centre, and a private space can be made available upon request – please just ask any member of the team. 
  • Baby changing facilities are located throughout the science centre. 
  • Pushchair friendly café with high chairs, plus free bottle and food warming facilities. You are also welcome to use our indoor packed lunch area if you would prefer to bring your own food. 
  • Lockers and storage crates are available for hire in our reception area.For lockers, a £5.00 deposit is required and £4.00 will be returned when you return your key. For storage crates, a £10.00 deposit is required and £8.00 will be returned.
  • Wheelchairs can be loaned for the duration of your visit (subject to availability).
  • Wheelchair spaces are available in the Planetarium and Science Theatre. 
  • Adjustable tables in the Making Studios can be altered to suit the needs of your party. 
  • Free admission for a dedicated assistant. Please pre-book a Carer ticket online before you visit if you require assistance.*
  • Drop-off points for minibuses and coaches (please contact us in advance to arrange).
  • Times Square Car Park is fully accessible and located close by. 
  • Accessible toilet facilities on all floors including a Changing Places facility on the ground floor. 
  • Level access, with lifts and ramps to all floors.

*Carers of disabled visitors are admitted free of charge (one carer per disabled visitor, including when the disabled visitor is aged 4 or under) but tickets must still be pre-booked online; the normal admission fee applies to the disabled visitor. Please bring some proof of entitlement, such as a letter showing that you receive support, or a Companion card, a Children and Young People's Network Card, or similar.
  • Free admission for a dedicated assistant. Please pre-book a Carer ticket online before you visit if you require assistance.*
  • Induction loop available at reception.
  • Induction loops available in the Planetarium and Science Theatre.


*Carers of disabled visitors are admitted free of charge (one carer per disabled visitor, including when the disabled visitor is aged 4 or under) but tickets must still be pre-booked online; the normal admission fee applies to the disabled visitor. Please bring some proof of entitlement, such as a letter showing that you receive support, or a Companion card, a Children and Young People's Network Card, or similar.
  • Free admission for a dedicated sighted assistant. Please pre-book a Carer ticket online before you visit if you require assistance.
  • Parts of the science centre have low lighting and are quite dark.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

*Carers of disabled visitors are admitted free of charge (one carer per disabled visitor, including when the disabled visitor is aged 4 or under) but tickets must still be pre-booked online; the normal admission fee applies to the disabled visitor. Please bring some proof of entitlement, such as a letter showing that you receive support, or a Companion card, a Children and Young People's Network Card, or similar.
  • Ear defenders are available to hire for the duration of your visit for a £10.00 refundable deposit. You are also welcome to bring your own from home.
  • Visitor numbers are capped to prevent overcrowding.We are usually a little quieter on the afternoon, so we'd recommend booking the 2:00pm time slot if you'd prefer to come when there are less visitors in the science centre. 
  • Sensory bags are available to hire from reception. 
  • Parts of the science centre have low lighting and are quite dark.
  • Download our visual story ahead of your visit.

Learn more about our work with North East Autism Society in this recent video
As an interactive science centre you will find some areas of the experience that are light or dark, feature patterns, include moving images or objects, and occasionally have loud noises. We are aware that could cause concern to some of our visitors. Our team are happy to discuss any queries to help support you and get the most out of your visit. Please get in touch via email on info@life.org.uk or call 0191 243 8210 for further guidance. 

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