Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Is Winchester Science Centre Open?

Covid-19 Update: Plans to reopen 22nd May. Events rescheduled from the winter. Keep an eye on their website and social media channels for more information. 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 leading hands-on, interactive science and discovery centre with the largest standalone planetarium in the UK.

Find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure through exhibits, activities, shows and live science demos at Winchester Science Centre. Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive sound, hearing and vibration exhibition, be wowed by huge explosive Science LIVE demos and head outside to get up close to nature with hands-on challenges in the Bio:Space experimentation zone. And don’t forget the amazing free live science shows, spectacular 360 degree Planetarium experience and out-of-this-world Explorer:Space zone!

Come on an exciting adventure of discovery through the art, physics and biology of sound, hearing and vibration, where inspirational and fun interactive exhibits are waiting to bring it all to life.

Venture into an enormous 10m long guitar to feel the vibrations, experience the wonder of acoustics inside the sonic rocket and climb inside a giant ear to explore its inner workings. Laugh and learn together by making sounds in the huge echo tubes, discover more about decibels, rhythm and frequency and try your hand at British Sign Language. You can even join the rescue crew to save Humphrey the Humpback Whale and meet the experts in our bringing Research to Life zone, plus so much more!

Get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor! There’s fire, ice, explosions and much more, all on a massive scale and taking place regularly throughout the day so you won’t miss a thing. 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 – bring a coat so you can go outside whatever the weather! 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.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss out on all the other exciting things on offer, including space themed interactive exhibits in Explorer:Space and spectacular shows in the UK’s largest standalone Planetarium. And with a free live science show where the team of Inspirers will be delving into a whole host of science topics through fun demos and exciting audience participation, there’s something the whole family can get involved with!

And if all that’s left you needing a break, take a seat and relax with a hot drink or mouth-wateringly tasty treat from the refreshed café before continuing your STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) journey at home with a souvenir from the remodelled shop.

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


Winchester Science Centre
Telegraph Way
SO21 1HZ


01962 863791


[email protected]


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.