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Unfortunately the 4D Motion Ride is currently out of order. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

There will be events on Times Square between 16 - 18 March. The Science Centre will be open as usual.

The Science Theatre will be closed on Monday 19 March as we prepare for the new show, which opens on Tuesday 20 March. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Life Science Centre will be closed on Friday 27 April as we set up for Maker Faire UK. Times Square Café will be open as usual.

While the Science Centre is home to Maker Faire UK on 28 - 29 April, our usual programme of exhibitions and shows will not be available.

The lift from the ground floor to the Young Explorers' Zone is currently out of order. Alternative access is possible via a ramp. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. We're working to fix it as soon as possible. Please ask a member of staff if you need assistance.

My Tickets

Annual Passes are not available online. Purchase these at Science Centre reception.

Science Centre prices until 15 April 2018:


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)













Tickets, passes and offers

Your Science Centre ticket gives you access to ALL daytime activities inside Life Science Centre. There are no extra fees for blockbuster exhibitions or for entry to the planetarium, live theatre shows and the 4D Motion Ride, so you can relax and explore EVERYTHING that Life has to offer.  You won’t find any hidden charges here!

Our cafés offer good-value tasty food and barista coffee, or you are welcome to use our indoor packed lunch area if you would prefer to bring your own food.

An Annual Pass membership for families costs from £85.00 and gives members unlimited access to our changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year and discounted skating on our seasonal ice rink. Non-members can take advantage of our ‘Science Centre and Skating’ combo tickets. Please see the tabs below for full details.

Valid until 15 April 2018

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

Day ticket: £34.00 | Annual Pass: £85.00


Day ticket: £13.00 | Annual Pass: £35.00

Children aged 5 - 17

Day ticket: £7.50 | Annual Pass: £19.00

Children aged 4 and under

Day ticket: FREE | Annual Pass: FREE

Concession: OAP, student or unwaged (proof required)

Day ticket: £10.00 | Annual Pass: £29.00
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Our Annual Passes are great value for money. If you’re thinking of visiting more than twice in a year, you’ll save money with an Annual Pass.

Key Benefits Include:

- 12 months unlimited Science Centre entry including all exhibitions, zones and show  spaces. Excludes Maker Faire UK.
- FREE entry to pre-school days.
- Discounts on selected events.
- Fast track entry at busy times.
- 10% discount in Life Shop, cafés and Times Square Car Park.
- Exclusive exhibition preview invitation.
- Discounted ice skating (November - February).
- Discounted birthday parties - the birthday child goes free!
- Selected discounts with Life Meetings and Events.


Adult (aged 18 and over) £35.00
Child (aged 5 - 17) £19.00
Child (4 and under) FREE
Concession (OAP, student or unwaged) £29.00
Family (2 adults + 2 children OR 1 adult + 3 children) £85.00
Extra child (added to family membership - maximum of 3 extra children) £10.00

Try before you buy!
Get your Annual Pass on the day you visit and we’ll deduct your admission price off the cost of your Annual Pass. Terms and conditions apply.

Annual Passes are not available online. Please buy on arrival at reception.

Find out more about Annual Passes

If you’re visiting with a group of 10 or more, book in advance to receive a range of benefits:
  • ​Selected offers and discounts (varies depending on events and activities).
  • Priority entry.
  • Free coach parking (first come first served basis).
  • Tailored meal packages.
  • Familiarisation visits.
Our group benefits are open to all groups, from after-school clubs, professional associations and university societies to uniform groups like Brownies and Scouts and groups of friends planning a day out. FInd out more about group bookings

Check out our great offers and see if you could save on the price of admission.


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Gift tickets and 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.

Visitors said...

"We spent about 4.5 hours and would have stayed until closing but we had to catch a train. It's hard finding things that a 10 year old and a 3 year old will enjoy but this place was a definite success."

- Kelly L (Trip Advisor)

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