Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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. It is an all-weather visitor attraction with a welcoming family feel, situated approximately three miles from Winchester City Centre.

The Science Centre is home to Explorer:Space, an immersive space zone where your family can take an epic journey through the Solar System and learn about all things space, from meteorites to human space flight. There are also two floors of interactive hands-on exhibits to explore, aiming to spark curiosity in all the family and bring the worlds of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to life.

The Science Centre runs a brilliant programme of weekend and school holiday events, that could include anything from live science shows to interactive sessions to activities and challenges, all included in General Admission (unless otherwise stated). All events are listed on the website.

The planetarium offers an unforgettable experience. The 360° cinema screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. There are two different show formats on offer – fulldome pre-recorded films and presenter-led live shows. The Centre also offers three different show environments to ensure that everyone can enjoy the planetarium – chatterbox shows, quiet shows and autism-friendly shows.

Hampshire term-time
Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm

Hampshire school holidays
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Admission price 

£11 per person (with Gift Aid)
£10 per person (without Gift Aid)
Under 3s go free

Winchester Science Centre operates a one ticket price system. Savings are available for those advance booking online. Save 25% when booking online at least three days in advance or 10% the day before your visit. Discounts apply to General Admission only.

Planetarium shows are £3.50 when added to General Admission or £6.60 for a planetarium-only ticket. Book online at least 3 days in advance and enjoy 25% discount on General Admission!

Why should I visit?

    • The perfect all-weather attraction
    • Get hands on with two floors of interactive exhibits
    • Explore the wonders of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) in a fun and friendly environment
    • Experience a show in the UK’s largest standalone planetarium
    • Excellent programme of events for weekends, school holidays and some evenings
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Where to find us

Address

Winchester Science Centre
Telegraph Way
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1HZ

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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  • Get hand-on with more than 100 hands-on, interactive exhibits!
  • Watch a show in the UK's largest standalone digital Planetarium featuring a range of films and presenter-led shows for children, families and adults!
  • Learn more about Tim Peake's Principia mission to the International Space Station, and take your photograph with Tim at Destination Space!
  • Journey through the enormous Colon Café and learn about good and bad bacteria, and how what you put into your body affects what comes out
  • Feeling energetic? Learn about the science behind your favourite sports and how your body works!