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Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

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Address: Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium, Telegraph Way, off Alresford Road, Winchester, SO21 1HZ
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Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium is an under-cover, all-weather visitor attraction.

With over 100 exhibits, you will discover many different aspects of science and technology. Feeling energetic? Challenge your friends in the Science of Sport zone! Who can run the fastest? Jump the highest? Has the fastest reactions? Learn about the science behind your favourite sports and how your body works!

Want to know what happens to your food after it’s swallowed? Visit the Colon Café to discover how your diet affects tiny bacteria in your gut, your poo and even your gas production! Or warp your perceptions with the #LittleBigRoom and the Beuchet chair, both underpinned by cutting edge University of Southampton research into psychology and how we look at the world.

The Science Centre also has the UK’s largest capacity planetarium, offering a state-of-the-art digital experience with images projected around a 360° domed screen. Choose from a selection of films, presenter-led shows and Chatterbox shows, which are perfect for younger audiences with lots of interaction. Check the website for current shows and screening times.

Themed school activity programmes throughout the year offer live shows, demonstrations and workshops, plus presenter-led planetarium shows. There is also a full event schedule for families, as well as adults, including music, film, comedy and family focused experiences. Stargazing events also offer astronomy beginners and enthusiasts an opportunity to learn more about our sky at night.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is a leader in promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, with a wide selection of curriculum linked activities available for primary and secondary schools, designed to engage and inspire the next generation.

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The planetarium at Winchester Science Centre is the UK’s largest capacity planetarium.  The planetarium cinema presents an unforgettable and incredible experience. Imagine lying back in a comfortable seat with a cinema screen 360o around and above your head. The enormous domed screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. Relax back into a comfortable seat and get sucked into a black hole, fly through the Solar System or even explore the human body. A fantastic shared experience that will have children reaching their hands up to touch the stars as they fly by.

Choose from fulldome films or live, presenter-led shows:

Fulldome films are high-quality digital pre-recorded films, usually created by animation processes due to the challenges of working with live action in this huge and complex format. Some of these have production costs running into the millions of pounds. A wide variety of topics are offered, from going inside the human body to blasting off to space. Most films are 20-45 minutes long.

Live, presenter-led shows are where a presenter takes you on a personal tour of space by navigating through an accurate three-dimensional model virtual model of the known Universe, again in a 360o format. In effect, the planetarium is used as a flight simulator. Topics range from tours of the night sky as seen from Earth to trips through the Solar System or even out to the edge of the visible Universe.

Winchester Science Centre also offers a variety of adult-only and family events hosted in the planetarium, including film screenings, comedy nights, music shows and science lectures.

For the latest schedule and to check show times, visit the website.

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchair access
  • Cafe on site
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General Entry with Gift Aid General Entry without Gift Aid
Adult £12 £10.91
OAP / Students £9.60 £8.73
Child (age 3-16 yrs) £8.40 £7.64
Child (age 0-2 yrs) Free Free
Carer Free Free
Adult family admission  £10.80 £9.81
Child family admission £7.56 £6.87
Senior/Student family admission £8.64 £7.85

Family admission tickets are for those booking 3 or more tickets in total.

Entry to the Planetarium is £2.20 additional to a general entry ticket and £5.00 for planetarium only ticket.

10% discount available on general entry tickets when booked online in advance. 

The Science Centre is a self-funded, independent educational charity and relies on Gift Aid and visitor donations to stay open seven days a week.

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Term time:

  • Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm

For more information including Bank Holiday hours, late openings and closures see the Winchester Science Centre website.

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Road

From North – M3 Jct 9 follow A272 onto A31. Follow tourism signs.

From South – M3 Jct 10 follow A31 for 2 miles. Follow signs.

From East – A31 or A272. Percy Hobbs roundabout. Follow tourism signs.

Public transport

Stagecoach Bus 64 Stops outside the Winchester Science Centre (may also be known as the Percy Hobbs stop).

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