Opening Hours and Admission Prices


It's a really exciting time for us at the moment as we enter the final phase of a major redevelopment programme to improve our visitor experience. The complete transformation of the entire top floor of our venue will include installing an amazing new sound and vibration exhibition, nature-based experimentation zone and recombobulation room (a quiet room for people who need time away from the hustle and bustle of the centre), as well as refreshed welcome area, café and shop. 

We can't wait to reopen but we can only do so once the work is complete. We can confirm that our plan is to reopen on Saturday 17 October with tickets going on sale in early August. 

We know this feels like a long time to wait but we can assure you it will be worth it! It is so important to us that when we do open our doors again, it is safe and that you receive an amazing, exciting, inspirational and educational day out.

We may still be closed but there's plenty of ways you can interact with us through Science@Home, fun activities for children and their families to enjoy together at home. If you haven’t done any yet, don’t worry, they’re available to do at any time. Visit the Science@Home pages to take a look.

If you are an annual pass holder, we would like to reassure you that any 'lost days' due to our closure, will be added to your pass when we reopen. There's no need to do anything at this time. Once we have a confirmed reopening date we will contact you with the details and confirmation of your pass extension.

If you have any queries, please email We can't wait to welcome you back to the Science Centre soon. Thank you!


Opening Hours

Hampshire Term Time 

Monday to Friday: 10am - 4pm*

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10am - 5pm

*Please be aware that during term time, school groups will be visiting from around 10am - 2pm.

Hampshire School Holidays

Monday to Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Upcoming holiday periods:

Easter Holidays 2020: Friday 03 - Monday 20 April


Admission Prices

General Admission

General Admission tickets allow full access to the hands-on exhibition area during normal opening hours. There is a £2 charge for those using our on-site car park. 

Savings are available for those advance booking online. Save 25% when booking online at least three days in advance or 10% the day before your visit. Discounts apply to General Admission only.

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General Admission (on the door)

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General Admission (1-2 days before visit)

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General Admission (3+ days before visit)

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Under 3s (aged 0-2 yrs)

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Carers/Personal Assistants

Visitors with disabilities pay standard rates but may bring a carer/companion with them free of charge where this is required to enable access. This also includes Gateway Card, Max Card and Yellow card holders. Carers must present one of the below forms of carer identification:

-          Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance award letter (dated within the last 12 months)
-          Personal Independence Payment letter (dated within the last 12 months)
-          A current and valid Blue Badge
-          A letter from GP or consultant confirming the need for a full-time care (dated within the last 12 months)
For visitors who require more than one carer, all accompanying carers must bring documentation to support this.

Foster families

Free entry for the whole family. Simply bring your foster carer card and show this at reception.

Green discount

Visitors will receive 25% off the price of General Admission when they present their bus ticket or bike helmet. Please note, the Green Discount is available in person for on-the-day purchases only and redeemable against General Admission only. Find out more about Green Discount here.

Planetarium Cinema

Prices shown below are per seat (adult or child), per show, for daytime planetarium cinema showings.

If you are an Annual Pass holder and wish to book a planetarium show saving 10%, please click here. A vaild Annual Pass card must be produced at the time of collection and admission into the planetarium.

Ticket Price

Planetarium show with General Admission

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Planetarium show-only


Child aged 0-2 yrs

Free of charge if sitting on lap, but please be aware the planetarium is not recommended for children under 5 yrs. You may wish to consider attending a Chatterbox show. Please note some shows have age restrictions.

Gift Cards

Gift Cards can be purchased and pre-loaded with any sum of money you wish. Please call the reception team on 01962 863791 and they can help you with this.
Please note that currently we can only take payment using a Gift Card over the phone or in person - we are resolving issues with our online redemption system and this will be back online shortly. 

Winchester Science Centre Gift Card Terms & Conditions

  1. Validly activated gift cards purchased via Winchester Science Centre are redeemable in full or part payment for services or merchandise from Winchester Science Centre. Gift cards cannot be used for online bookings.
  2. Winchester Science Centre reserves the right to refuse the use of gift cards for specific one off events which are run at the centre.
  3. Winchester Science Centre gift cards may not be exchanged for cash, vouchers or as a deposit
  4. No change or refund will be given but any remaining balance may be applied to future purchases.
  5. The gift card will expire 24 months after the last use or balance enquiry and any remaining balance will be deducted.
  6. A Winchester Science Centre gift card remains the property of Winchester Science Centre.
  7. Winchester Science Centre gift cards are not cheque guarantee, credit or charge cards.
  8. Winchester Science Centre cannot be held liable for gift cards, once activated, which are subsequently lost, stolen, damaged or defaced.
  9. Winchester Science Centre reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time where it reasonably considers it necessary to do so (e.g. to change the scope of the gift card service, notify of the service's withdrawal or in the event of circumstances beyond its control). Reasonable notice of such changes will be given where possible.

Gift Aid

Did you know that Winchester Science Centre is a self-funded registered educational charity?


Winchester Science Centre is an educational centre and visitor attraction. The charity is dependent on visitors for regular income to maintain the hands-on exhibits and run the planetarium cinema. As a charity, Winchester Science Centre is able to take advantage of Gift Aid rules affecting admission donations. If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a donation that is 10% more than the standard admission charge, then the Government will give the charity an extra 25% on top of your donation. It is called a Gift Aid visit. The extra money goes towards the upkeep of the site, building and new developments and is essential to ensuring that the charity can pay its bills each year.