Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Is Winchester Science Centre Open?

Covid-19 Update: The centre is reopening from Saturday 17 October. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website via the link above or view our list of Hampshire attractions.

About This Attraction

Winchester Science Centre is more than a day out. It’s a chance to spark your children’s curiosity in science which could lead them on an exciting journey for life! Situated in the stunning South Downs National Park, this exciting family destination is the South of England’s hands-on, interactive science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK.

**A brand new visitor experience for October 2020**

From Saturday 17 October, find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure around Winchester Science Centre’s brand new visitor experience!

Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive exhibition, all themed around sound, hearing and vibration. Put yourself in the action by venturing into an enormous 10m long guitar to feel the string vibrations or climb through a giant ear to explore its inner workings.

Get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor or for something a little more tranquil, the whole family can get creative and have a go at challenges themed around nature in the inside/outside experimentation zone BIO:SPACE. And if it all gets a bit too much, take a break in the Recombobulation Room – a quiet place designed for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle.

Hampshire Term Time (Saturday 17 October to Sunday 29 November) –

Monday to Friday: Closed

Saturdays and Sundays: 9.20am – 5pm (last entry at 3pm)

 

October Half Term 2020: Friday 23 October – Monday 2 November –

Monday to Sunday: 9.20am – 5pm (last entry 3pm)

£13.20 per person (with Gift Aid)

Under 3s go free

Save 25% when you book online by 30 September.

Foster families go free when presenting a foster carer card.

Every disabled guest is entitled to be accompanied by a carer who will receive free entry on showing proof of disability.

Planetarium shows are £3.50 when added to General Admission or £6.60 for a planetarium-only ticket.

Why should I visit?

    • For a breath-taking experience the Planetarium boasts 360° screens to amaze and delight.
    • Discover everything STEM, though hands on experiments, displays and challenges.
    • Budding scientists and engineers will be thrilled to dive into a world of fascination and learning.
    • Delicious meals and thirst-quenching drinks on offer at the Hub Café complete a brilliant day out.
    • Rainy day? No problem, the Winchester Science Centre is spread over a large indoor space where guests are welcome for a fantastic day out no matter the weather.
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Where to find us

Address

Winchester Science Centre
Telegraph Way
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1HZ

Tel:

01962 863791

Email:

[email protected]

Website:

www.winchestersciencecentre.org

Find us online

By car
From the M3 southbound:
Come off the M3 motorway at Junction 9 and take the exit A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield at the roundabout. At the next roundabout turn left, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield.

At the next roundabout turn left onto the B3404 Winchester, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre and the Holiday Inn. Follow the road past the Holiday Inn, then turn right into the Winchester Science Centre car park.

From the M3 northbound:
Come off the M3 motorway at Junction 10 and take exit A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield at the first roundabout and go under the motorway. At the next roundabout go straight across, signposted A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield. At the next roundabout turn right, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield. At the next roundabout turn left onto the B3404 Winchester, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre. Follow the road past the Holiday Inn, then turn right into the Winchester Science Centre car park.

From Winchester city centre:
Take the Alresford Road (B3404) out of Winchester. You will pass the entrance to the Science Centre on your right but there is no right turn allowed, so continue a short distance to the roundabout for the A31. Use the roundabout to come back onto the B3404, and 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre.

By train
The closest train station is in Winchester city centre. Taxis are available from the front of Winchester railway station; Call Wessex Cars 01962 877749/866208 or Wintax 01962 878727/878737.

By bus
The No. 64 bus running between Winchester and Alresford passes within 300 metres of the Science Centre. The service is half hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sundays.

Kids activities

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  • Fuel their love of science with a hands-on, fun, and educational day out.
  • Kids will be dazzled and amazed with the thrilling, themed Live Science Shows every weekend and school holiday.
  • Winchester Science Centre is set in the gorgeous South Downs national park with an outdoor play area, water park and trails to explore.
  • Fill their rumbling tummies with a variety of tasty meals and snacks in the Hub Café.
  • Children will love choosing a souvenir from the Science Shop to remember their fantastic day out.