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Please note that some areas will be closed from 5 September – 25 October (inclusive) as we get ready for the launch of the new Space Zone (opens 26 October). 

We’re having a few issues with the Motion Ride at the moment. If it’s an unmissable part of your visit, please give us a call first to check it’s running: (0191) 243 8268.

The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on 20 September. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

The Science Theatre will be closed on 23 September as we prepare for the new show, Top Ten, which opens on 24 September. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

My Tickets

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

Science Centre day ticket prices valid from 5 September - 25 October 2019


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)













Visiting Life this summer?

We anticipate the Science Centre will be busy over the summer holidays, so we’ve put together some useful info for visitors.

While we do everything we can to keep things moving, please be prepared to queue for certain activities and on arrival.

Before you arrive. You can book tickets online up until 10.00am on the day you want to visit, or buy them on the door when you arrive at the science centre. Buying tickets online will ensure you get entry to the science centre, even on busy days.

Life Science Centre is a fully accessible venue. Some visitors may find our accessibility information and Visual Story helpful when planning their visit.

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)

To beat the crowds, arrive early or stay late. Our busiest times are from 11.00am – 2.30pm. You will need at least 3 hours to see everything, and many visitors choose to stay for the whole day. If you arrive just before we open then you won’t have to wait long to get in. The first Science Theatreplanetarium and 4D Motion Ride* shows will be at around 11.00am each day.

Getting here. Car parking is available in Times Square Car Park, just a short walk from the Science Centre. Parking rates are available on our website. Accessible bays are available. The car park has more than 350 spaces, but it can fill up on particularly busy days, so we recommend you arrive early or use alternative transport.

Inside the Science Centre. When you buy your science centre tickets you’ll get a programme of the day’s activities as well. This has a map on the back plus a separate sheet with the day’s showtimes on it.
Plan which shows you want to see and work out where they are in advance so you don’t miss out. Staff are on-hand to help if you have any questions.

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There might be queues for the 4D Motion Ride*planetariumScience Theatre and Experiment Zone. Aim to visit these areas earlier or later in the day to avoid the busiest times. We kindly ask that you visit the planetarium, Science Theatre and Motion Ride* only once at busy times so that other visitors can enjoy the experience too. We also have the brand new Making Studios open every day, where you can try your hand at a variety of hands-on making activities (programme changes regularly).

Experiment Zone. This area has slightly shorter opening hours than the Science Centre – please check your daily programme for details. Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time each day. You may have to queue to enter the Experiment Zone and to participate in experiments during busy times. Our friendly staff are on-hand to help and will show you where the lab coats can be found. The Experiment Zone is for ages 7+ – we restrict access to under-7s for safety reasons. Under-13s must be supervised by an adult.

Hungry? We have two cafés on-site: Times Square Café and Life Café. There’s also an indoor picnic area where you can eat food that you bring from home. Our cafés and packed lunch area get busy at peak times, so consider having an early or late lunch to avoid the rush, or feel free to leave the Science Centre for lunch and return later in the day. (Just show your Life hand stamp at the turnstiles to get back in.)

Too much baggage? You can hire a locker to store coats and small bags. Pay £5 at reception to use a locker and you’ll get £4 back when you return the key. Buggies and prams can be brought into the Science Centre but there might be limited space on busy days. We don’t have space to park buggies, so please keep them with you throughout your visit.

Fancy coming back again soon? You can upgrade your day ticket to Life Science Centre membership on the day of your visit, and we’ll deduct the cost of admission from the price of the membership (like-for-like only, terms and conditions apply). Membership gives you unlimited Science Centre visits for a whole year, so it’s a great option if you would like to see new planetariumScience Theatre and 4D Motion Ride* shows when they’re out, as well as new and current exhibitions.

*For safety reasons, you must be at least 1.2 metres in height to use the 4D Motion Ride.

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