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Perfect Planetariums: See the stars at these 8 UK planetariums

Lisa O'Keeffe

27 September 2017

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For a day out that’s out of this world, a visit to a planetarium is most definitely top of our list. Your gateway to the moon, stars and galaxies far, far away, astronomy is something that will be sure to capture the imaginations of all ages.

Get ready to reach for the stars, as we share the eight best planetariums in the UK. Which one will you be heading to first?

Winchester Science Centre has one of the best planetariums in the UK

  1. Winchester Science Centre

    Lie back and enjoy the 360° show taking place right above your head, as the huge domed screen at Winchester Science Centre places you right in the heart of the action. There are both pre-recorded films and live presenter-led shows each day, where you can be completely immersed in a wide range of topics, from blasting off into space, to tours of the night sky. With plenty more to explore too, and lots of hands-on activities, you'll find out exactly why a visit to the science centre makes for a great family day out!

  2. National Space Centre, Leicester

    Your journey into space starts here, as the National Space Centre in Leicester is home to six interactive galleries, the iconic Rocket Tower and the UK’s largest planetarium! In the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, named after the prominent astronomer, journey through time and space in We Are Stars, or take a Tour of the Night Sky, all from the comfort of your seat! This award-winning attraction also regularly hosts some exciting events, so be sure to check those out for your visit.

    National Space Centre Leicester Planetarium

  3. Planetarium at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, London

    Pay a visit to the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the prime meridian of the world, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich! Stand on the iconic meridian line with one foot in the west and one in the east, marvel at the seventh biggest telescope in the world and see the clocks that changed the world, all before taking a tour of the universe from London’s only planetarium. With a range of shows for the whole family, fly into the heart of the sun, see the birth of a star or land on Mars in the impressive dome.

    Planetarium at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich

  4. Thinktank, Birmingham

    You’ll need your thinking caps on for a visit to Thinktank, Birmingham’s science museum. Guaranteed to have your brain buzzing with curiosity across 200 hands-on displays, don’t miss the planetarium on Level 3 for just £1.50 on top of your ticket price. With a range of shows and special events throughout the year, it’s a great way to see the magic of space from here in the UK.

  5. Armagh Planetarium, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

    Pay a visit to Ireland’s leading centre for astronomical education and uncover a whole host of space secrets at Armagh Planetarium. Learn about the cosmos through interactive displays and catch up with the latest space news in real time, plus design, build and launch your own rocket in the exciting crafts zone. With lots of shows suitable for family audiences, as well as some with age restrictions, the digital theatre is the ultimate planetarium experience.

    Kids at Armagh Planetarium

  6. We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol), Bristol

    Curiosity is key at this recently re-launched attraction, which is also home to the UK’s first 3D planetarium. Experience what it’s like to have planets, stars and galaxies all within reach at We The Curious, as you sit back and enjoy this stunning immersive experience. Elsewhere in the attraction, let your curiosity run free through a range of exciting and hands-on displays, it’s the perfect family escape.

  7. Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

    One of Edinburgh’s top visitor attractions, Dynamic Earth is like nowhere else on earth. Travel back in time to witness the famous Big Bang and rocket through the universe in a spaceship amongst exploding stars, experiencing films like never before in the 360° digital dome. With state-of-the-art technology, and thunderous surround sound to bring it all to life, this is the only one of its kind in Scotland, so well worth a visit!

    Dynamic Earth Planetarium is one of the best in the UK

  8. Glasgow Science Centre

    Glasgow Science Centre is filled with interactive exhibits to boggle, bemuse and entertain the whole family! Head to the spectacular Planetarium to see 360° films; listen carefully during “Back to the Moon for Good”, as it’s narrated by Buzz Lightyear himself (voiced by Tim Allen), or “We Are Aliens”, narrated by none other than Rupert Grint. How’s that for an experience that’s out of this world?!

    Think we deserve a gold star for ourlist, or are we missing a hidden gem near you? Let us know in a comment below!

    If talk of starry shows has got you in the mood for other science and interactive culture exhibitions, why not check out the best museums in the UK and browse other popular museums near you:

    London museums Glasgow Museums | Cambridge Museums | Manchester Museums | Edinburgh Museums | Sheffield Museums | Hull Museums | Birmingham Museums

         And if you just find the night sky absolutely stunning, you might also be interested in the best fireworks displays near you



Lisa O'Keeffe

27 September 2017

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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