Visitor facilities

Winchester Science Centre is a unique, hands-on interactive science and technology centre with 100 exhibits in the main exhibition area to amuse and enthuse the whole family.

On-site visitor car park including designated coach and disabled bays. Parking is currently free but a parking charge of £2 will come into effect shortly after the October half term holiday. Free on site parking for Annual Pass holders. For directions, map and parking information visit Where is the Science Centre page. 

Hands-on Exhibition with 100 exhibits that allow you to explore how to bend light, create your own tornado and vortex, create electronic music, see your body through a heat sensitive camera and many other activities. The Science Centre's aim is to bring to life the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on interaction.

Airbus Defence and Space Planetarium - the UK's largest capacity digital planetarium cinema, showing live, presenter-led shows and pre-recorded fulldome films. Tickets can be bought separately for those not visiting the exhibition. The planetarium cinema also offers evening shows on scheduled dates - see the What's On guide for the full show schedule.

Wheelchair accessible exhibition and planetarium, with a roll-on roll-off lift. See here for more about access

Toilets for boys, girls, gents and ladies. Accessible toilets on each level (no hoist or changing table).

Coat/bag stands for visitors, where items may be left at the owner's risk.

Café serving hot and cold meals and snacks, drinks and cakes. Details here.

Picnic facilities: there is an outdoor picnic area adjacent to the café. There is also an indoor area of tables and benches located on the lower floor.

Science Shop with a wide range of interesting and unusual toys, gifts and souvenirs. The shop can be visited without buying a ticket.

Further information:

On Hampshire school-days there may be up to 300 school children visiting the exhibition and the planetarium is also often busy with schools. On these days the Science Centre is usually less busy from 1.30pm, with public planetarium shows offered most school-day afternoons.

All children under 16 years must be supervised by an adult while within the Science Centre.

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