Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

In a nutshell

The exciting world of science is brought to life with an interactive hands-on exhibition and the UK’s largest standalone planetarium.


Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 1HZ

Contact details

Tel: 01962 863791

Web: www.winchestersciencecentre.org

Activity type

Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Science and Technology, Theatre and Entertainment

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium details...

This exciting family destination is the South of England’s hands-on, interactive, science and technology centre with the largest standalone planetarium cinema in the UK. It is an all-weather visitor attraction, designed especially with families in mind, with a welcoming feel and where children can run around safely. Situated in the South Downs National Park approximately three miles from Winchester City Centre, it has easy access from all major routes without entering the city.

There are two floors of interactive hand-on exhibits to amuse and enthuse all the family. Children can explore how to bend light, create their own tornado and vortex, create electronic music and see their body through a heat sensitive camera, together with many other activities. The Science Centre is dedicated to sparking curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on interaction.

At the Colon Café you can go on a journey of discovery through an enormous colon to learn about good and bad bacteria, and how what you put into your body affects what comes out! At the Science of Sport Zone you can test your reaction time, flexibility, and ability to balance; discover the effect that spin has on the direction of a ball and how your jump height and sprint speed can be related. Visit the Invention Studio at weekends, a space where anyone, young or old, can explore, create, construct and be challenged

The planetarium cinema presents an unforgettable experience! The 360° domed screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. On offer are fulldome screenings of high-quality digital films, covering a wide variety of fascinating topics, as well as live presenter-led shows that explore different aspects of the universe. Look out for the chatterbox shows which offer a more relaxed environment where the audience are welcome to chat or call out during the show – ideal for younger children!

There’s a great café and a science shop with a variety of unusual and quirky items. The Science Centre enjoys great views of the rolling countryside. An outdoor area, with trim trail and water play, surrounded by picnic tables provides a great space for children to play on when the weather is good. For the more adventurous, you can always explore the neighbouring Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation Reserve.

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