The Best Planetariums UK 2022

As a family we have so many days out and adventures and one thing the children always love is going to a planetarium. We’ve been to a few over the years, typically attached to science centres, and the planetarium shows are always a great way to finish our day.

The Best Planetariums UK 2022

What are planetariums?

Planetariums are theatres built primarily for presenting educational and entertaining shows about astronomy, the solar system and the night sky, or for training in celestial navigation.

I thought it would be good to share our favourite planetariums across the country as well as quite a few that we’re planning to visit at some point. So here are all of the planetariums across the UK:

The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Where: Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ

When: Varying times through the year. See opening times here.

Cost: £4 per person on top of the Science Museum admission.

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You can read about our trip to Winchester Science Centre here.

The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Peter Harrison Planetarium at The Royal Observatory

Where: The Royal Observatory, Blackheath Avenue, London SE10 8XJ

When: Open daily, 10am – 5pm.

Cost: £10 per adult, £5 for children. Free for Royal Museums Greenwich members.

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You can read about our trip to the Royal Observatory here.

The Best Planetariums UK 2022

South Downs Planetarium and Science Centre

Where: Sir Patrick Moore Building, Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Road, Chichester PO19 8RP

When: Various times daily.

Cost: Adults £8, Children 6 to 16 years £5. Not Suitable for children under 6 years of age.

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Island Planetarium

Where: Fort Victoria Country Park, Westhill Lane, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0RR

When: Various times through the year. See opening times here.

Cost: Adult £6, Child £4.

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We Are Curious Bristol

Where: 1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB

When: Term time – Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Bristol school holidays and bank holidays – Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Cost:

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The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium at the National Space Centre

Where: National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS

When: Shows daily.

Cost: Included in National Space Centre Admission.

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You can read about our visit to the National Space Centre here.


Liverpool Planetarium

Where: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN

When: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.

Cost: £3 for adults, £2 for children. Under 3s go free.

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The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Thinktank Birmingham Planetarium

Where: Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham B4 7XG

When: Birmingham Term Time – Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Birmingham School Holidays – Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Cost: £2.50 per person

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Great North Museum: Hancock Planetarium

Where: Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT

When: Daily shows.

Cost: 15 minute shows are £2.95 per person or 4 people for £10. Longer shows are £3.75 per person or 4 for £13. Children under 3 go free.

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The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Southend Planetarium

Where: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW

When: Term Time – Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. School Holidays – Wednesday to Sunday at 2pm.

Cost: Adult £6.60, Child £4.60. Family tickets are available at £20.50. Children under 7 are not allowed in the Planetarium.

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Armagh Planetarium

Where: College Hill, Armagh, Northern Ireland BT61 9DB

When: Daily shows.

Cost: Adult £9, child £6. Family tickets from £28 and under 3s go free. Prices include exhibition entry.

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Glasgow Science Center Planetarium

Where: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

When: Hours vary through the year. Check opening times here.

Cost: £3 per person on top of Science Centre entry prices.

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The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Life Planetarium

Where: Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

When: 10am to 5pm daily.

Cost: Included with science centre admission.

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Norman Lockyer Planetarium

Where: Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth EX10 0NY

When: Select evenings throughout the year. Full details here.

Cost: Adults £10, Children £5, Family ( 2 adults and 2 children) £25

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Techniquest

Where: Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW

When: Various times through the year. Check details here.

Cost: £2 per person.

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The Best Planetariums UK 2022

Wynyard Planetarium

Where: Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees TS21 3JG

When: Various times through the year. Full details here.

Cost: Adults £8, child £4 plus booking fee.

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Dynamic Earth

Where: Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

When: Various times through the year. Full details here.

Cost: Included in the cost of admission.

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Jodrell Bank Planetarium

Where: Bomish Lane, Lower Withington, Cheshire SK11 9LD

When: Opens 4th June 2022. Full dates here.

Cost: Included with cost of admission.

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Read about our trip to Jodrell Bank here.

A Family Day Out at the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

So there you have all the planetariums across the country. We’re making plans to visit Bristol and Edinburgh soon to tick those two off the list as well as getting back to Jodrell Bank when the new planetarium opens there. If I’ve missed your favourite from the list please do drop me a line and let me know.

The Best Planetariums UK 2022

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