All you need to know
The team at Winchester Science Centre invite you and your family to enjoy a day at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium. This free visit has been kindly supported by The Goldsmiths’ Company.
We want every aspect of your visit to the best it can be. To help your visit run smoothly this page contains all the information you need to know regarding your Golden Ticket. If you would like to find out more about Winchester Science Centre please do explore our website. If have any questions regarding your visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 863791 and our team will be happy to help.
How do I book?
Follow the link below to make your booking. At point of payment there is a box to insert your ‘voucher code’, please insert the word ‘Golden’ and the 100% discount will be applied. Please be aware that the Golden Ticket entitles you to general admission and one planetarium show for your family (maximum of two adults). Any additional purchases (optional) you choose, such as extra planetarium shows or special events, will be charged. If you need further assistance booking your Golden Ticket visit online, please refer to this downloadable step-by-step guide.
If you do not have access to the internet and need assistance, please call 01962 863 791 or email email@example.com with your contact details and one of our team will call you back.
Please note we have set a capacity for Golden Ticket admission on selected special event weekends. If you are unable to book for the day you wish to visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred date and the number of adults/children in your group and a member of our team will respond to you.
Winchester Science Centre is open 7 days a week.
Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Bank Holidays and Hampshire School Holidays: 10am – 5pm
Winchester Science Centre, Telegraph Way, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1HZ
Postcode for Satnav: SO21 1HZ
Winchester Science Centre is just off the main road (Alresford Road), about 3 miles from Winchester City Centre, with easy access from all major routes without entering the city. Look out for brown tourist signs to the Science Centre and Holiday Inn (the hotel is located next to Winchester Science Centre on Telegraph Way).
Directions to the on-site car park from the M3 Southbound (Southampton/Portsmouth)
- Leave the M3 motorway at Junction 9 and take the exit A31 Alton/A272 Petersfield at the roundabout.
- At the next roundabout turn left, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield.
- At the next roundabout turn left, signposted A31 Alton and A272 Petersfield.
- At the next roundabout turn left onto the B3404 Winchester.
- 100 metres on the left is the entrance to Winchester Science Centre and the Holiday Inn.
- Follow the road past the Holiday Inn then turn right into the Winchester Science Centre car park.
Directions by public transport
Winchester is a 17 minute journey from Southampton Central Station or a 9 minute journey from Southampton Airport Parkway.
Winchester is a 28 minute journey from Fareham station.
The No. 64 bus running between Winchester and Alresford passes within 300 metres of the Science Centre (at the bottom of Morn Hill). The service is half hourly Monday to Saturday and 2 hourly on Sundays.
To plan the journey by bus from your house we recommend the website https://myjourneyhampshire.com. Use the destination ‘Alresford Road, SO21 1HH’.
Your golden ticket allows you to park for free in our on-site car park. You will need to give your vehicle registration number to the staff on the reception desk when you arrive. There is no need to purchase a ticket at the car park pay and display machine.
Disabled parking bays are available at the top of the main car park (level access to main entrance) and also closer to the Centre if you follow the road around to the left (access via a short flight of steps or sloping path).
Planning your day
Some visitors spend a whole day at the Science Centre but most probably spend about half a day. You can stay for an hour or plan to spend an entire day with us, whatever works for you. We would recommend that you leave enough time to explore each of our zones though:
Invention Studio: As soon as you walk onto the exhibition area you will see our Invention Studio. This is a space dedicated to tinkering, trying things out and just having a go. There will be an activity run by our Curiosity Team but if you want to try something else you’re welcome to be creative.
Hands-on exhibits: There are two floors of exciting hands-on exhibits dedicated to all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Go on a journey through our Colon Café, test your reaction times in the Science of Sport zone and find out how to bend light; these are just some of the things you will be able to do in this area.
Explorer:Space: Our brand new, immersive zone taking pride of place on the lower floor. Go on an epic journey through the Solar System to learn about space discovered, atmospheric pressure and the first moon landing mission.
Planetarium: The planetarium cinema presents an unforgettable and incredible experience. The 360° domed screen completely surrounds the audience, placing everyone right in the action. We offer full dome screenings of high-quality digital films, covering a wide variety of fascinating topics. There are also live presenter-led shows that explore different aspects of the universe, from the planets to the stars.
The surrounding area: The Science Centre is situated in the South Downs National Park and enjoys great views across the rolling countryside. An outdoor area, with trim trail and water play, surrounded by picnic tables provides a great space for children to play. For the more adventurous, we encourage you to explore the neighbouring Butterfly Conservation Reserve, Magdalen Hill Down. A free spotters trail is available from the Science Centre outlining short walks and points of interest. Visiting on a sunny day is a great way to enjoy the best of indoors and out.
What to expect
A welcoming centre with fun hands-on activities suitable for the whole family. Our team are always on hand to help but won’t put any pressure on you to try anything you don’t want to. If you need any help just ask one of the team – you can spot them as they’ll be wearing a Science Centre uniform.
The exhibits are suitable for all ages – have a go, see what happens and try and work out why. There’s a soft play area for younger children and toddlers.
There isn’t one! You can wear whatever you’re comfortable in. Wear your school uniform, dress like a superhero, wear a lab coat – it’s entirely up to you! We’d recommend comfortable shoes though.
Your visit with the golden ticket is completely free – it covers parking, entry and one planetarium show.
If you wish to buy lunch in our on-site café or purchase something from our gift shop you are welcome to but there is no obligation to do so.
You can buy lunch in our on-site café, which has a wide variety of hot and cold food and drinks, or bring your own packed lunch. Those with packed lunches are welcome to eat in our indoor picnic area downstairs or enjoy our picnic benches outside with views of the South Downs National Park.
Do I need to be scientist?
You don’t have to consider yourself a scientist to enjoy Winchester Science Centre. It’s designed to be fun and to help you learn about lots of different topics and areas of science. Our staff love to be asked questions so if you don’t know how an exhibit works or what it’s trying to demonstrate please ask.
Who can come?
Your ticket provides free entry for your immediate family. You can bring 2 adults (mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents, carers, babysitters, guardians) as well as brothers and sisters.
Terms & Conditions
- This ticket entitles one family (maximum 2 adults) to a free visit to Winchester Science Centre
- Valid from 01 May 2019 – 31 December 2019 excluding October Half Term
- Includes general entry to the Science Centre and one planetarium show
- Subject to availability. Valid for pre-booked visitors only. Visit www.winchestersciencecentre.org to book your free admission. At point of payment, please use the voucher code 'golden' for free admission
- You must bring the Golden Ticket with you on the day of your visit
- You will not be permitted free entry if you have not pre-booked