Essential info
Please read! 

The planetarium will be closed from Monday 16 March - Sunday 29 March inclusive. 

My Tickets

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

Science Centre ticket prices


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

Adult (aged 18+)

Concession (over 60s, students, unwaged)

Child (aged 5 - 17)

Child (aged 4 and under)













Opening times

Life Science Centre is open seven days a week, including bank holidays (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years' Day).

Please note, on weekdays during term time we may be busy with school groups; we recommend visitors arrive after 2.00pm for a quieter experience.

February Half-Term (15 - 23 February 2020)

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 6.00pm

Recommended last entry: 4.00pm

Valid from 24 February 2020

Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm

Recommended last entry: 3.00pm

​​​​​​​Valid until 23 February 2020

Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 7.00pm*

*Nursery Skate Sessions take place every Sunday morning 10.00am - 11.00am before the ice rink is open to the public.

(Occasionally we may close the ice rink early for private bookings or if the rink has reached capacity.)

Times Square Café opening times

Times Square Café is accessible from Times Square - you don't need a science centre ticket to enjoy a drink, snack or hot meal.

Opening times

Monday - Friday 8.00am - late
Saturday 8.30am - late
Sunday 10.00am - late

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Breakfast is served until 11.30am. Lunch is served from 11.30am - close.

Pick up a Starbucks loyalty card to get your 9th tall drink free!

Life Café

Life Café is situated inside the science centre and is open from around 11.00am - 5.00pm on weekends and school holidays only. Please note, we occasionally close Life Café early at quiet times. If this is the case you can still pick up a meal or snack from Times Square Café.

Find out more about our cafés


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 and Making Studios have separate opening times. 

When to visit

On weekdays during term time we may be busy with school groups; we recommend visitors arrive after 2.00pm for a quieter experience.

​Life’s school holiday dates reflect those given by Newcastle City Council.

​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 Essential Info section at the top of the page), via Facebook and Twitter, and via our regular email newsletters where possible.

​​​​​​​Management reserves the right to change opening times when required.

"It's a fascinating place that appeals to all age groups and caters very well for families. I love the fact there are lockers to leave coats in and that there are tables to have your own packed lunch at."

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