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The Young Explorers' Zone will be closed all day on Tuesday 26 February and will close at the earlier time of 3.30pm on Wednesday 27 February. Sorry for any disappointment caused.

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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















Visiting Life this February half-term?

We anticipate the Science Centre will be busy over the half-term, 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 or buy them on the door. 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 half-term opening times (valid Saturday 16 February - Sunday 24 February 2019)

  • Monday – Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm (recommended last entry 4.00pm)
  • 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 10.30am – 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.

You can also see the amazing Museum of the Moon! Created by UK artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon displays the lunar surface in incredible detail on a seven-metre-wide sphere that is suspended in the air.

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 a drop-in Making Space with Moon-related activities available.

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-14s 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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