Essential info
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Life Science Centre will be closed 8 January – 1 February (inclusive) while we make some exciting changes and carry out essential maintenance. Our ice rink and Times Square Café will be open as usual during this time.

The Young Explorers' Zone will close at the earlier time of 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 February. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

My Tickets

Science Centre tickets do not include ice skating. Please purchase skating tickets on arrival. 

Combo tickets for science centre admission and skating are available from 3 December 2018 - 24 February 2019. Please purchase these separately at the Science Centre reception.

Memberships are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre day ticket prices valid until 24 May 2019:


Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children)

Adult (aged 18+)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)

Concession (OAP, student or unwaged)

Purchase skating tickets on arrival















Gift Shop

A visit to Life wouldn't be complete without exploring our selection of science kits, toys, books, souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and budgets.

The shop is located near the Life Science Centre reception and is open to the public - you don't need a science centre ticket to visit the shop. It's open during normal science centre opening times.

Items are not available to buy online, visit Life Science Centre to see our full range.
Quote 'Life's website' when making a purchase to get 10% off (exclusions apply, please ask staff for more information).

View our bestselling items

​​​​​​​Make Your Own Snow


A great gift idea for the budding scientist, watch the snow grow right before your eyes!

Glow-in-the-dark Planisphere


A fun and practical starfinder, and an out-of-this-world gift!

Polar Bear Photo Frame


Cherish your special memories in this plush polar bear soft toy frame.

Nurchums Hatching Penguin Egg


Watch as your egg magically hatches in water and your penguin grows!

My First Chemistry Set


A creative and entertaining game to introduce children to the world of science.

Jay Anatomical 'organs' storage tin

This unique storage tin includes medical annotations.

Science4you: Experiments in the Kitchen kit


Switch on an LED using lemons and make a volcano erupt!

Science Museum Constellation Mood Lamp


A dreamy mood lamp to help learn about the stars in our sky.

Science Museum Floating Moon


A spinning, floating desktop moon!

Science Museum Slimy Laboratory


Everything you need for experimenting with fluids, jelly and sticky liquids!

Gift vouchers

Treat friends and family to a science centre or skating visit, or money off in the Life Shop with a Life gift ticket or voucher! Gift tickets and vouchers are available from reception or via the bookings line on (0191) 243 8223.

Life Science Centre tickets and gift shop vouchers are available all year round. Skating at Life is open annually from November - February; gift tickets can be purchased throughout this period and must be used during the current skating season and cannot be carried over to future years.

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