Opening Hours and Admission Prices
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 (includes some neighbouring counties' holiday dates and INSET days):
October Half Term: Friday 19 October - Monday 5 November
Christmas opening hours: Winchester Science Centre is open as normal 10am - 5pm during the Christmas school holiday period and will only completely close to the public on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
General Admission tickets allow full access to the hands-on exhibition area during normal opening hours, including entry to the Invention Studio during school holidays and on weekends. These tickets do not include admission to special events or the planetarium unless otherwise stated. For information about upcoming events visit our What's on page.
On arrival to the Science Centre, please go to the reception to collect/purchase your tickets before entering the exhibition. Children under 16 years old must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Why not become an Annual Pass holder and enjoy a year of interactive and inspiring days out, with free entry to the hands-on exhibition, special events and live science shows, as well as a whole host of extra benefits and discounts. Find out more here.
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.
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 will be available in person for on-the-day purchases only and redeemable against General Admission only. Find out more about Green Discount here.
Foster Carers: Free entry for the whole family. Simply bring your foster carer card and show this at reception.
Carers: 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 holders. Carers must present one forms of carer identification. (Please see information below).
There is a £2 charge for those using our on-site car park. The charge applies 7 days a week from 08:00 - 17:00 and our parking meters accept both cash and card payments. We have introduced this parking fee to help the charity offset the cost of caring for and protecting its natural landscape within the South Downs National Park.
Motorcycles can park free of charge.
Free parking for Annual Pass holders - please clearly display your permit on your dashboard. If you have forgotten your permit, you will be issued with a dated paper ticket for that day only.
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 your GP or consultant (dated within the last 12 months) confirming the need for a full time carer.
This does not need to be a letter of diagnosis
For visitors who require more than one carer; all accompanying carers must bring documentation to support this.
If you require a wheelchair during your visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01962 863791 and we will be able to make arrangements in advance.
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.
Planetarium show added to General Entry
Planetarium show without general entry
£6.60 (does not allow entry to exhibition)
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.
Groups and Birthday Parties
General Entry and party meal £14 per child; one free adult for every four children. Add a planetarium show from just £3.50 per person. Find out more.
To get the best possible price, it is advised that groups book online at least three days in advance to take advantage of the 25% saving.
Beavers, Cubs and Brownies
Badge Nights on specified dates from £7.50 per child. Find out more.
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
- 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.
- Winchester Science Centre reserves the right to refuse the use of gift cards for specific one off events which are run at the centre.
- Winchester Science Centre gift cards may not be exchanged for cash, vouchers or as a deposit
- No change or refund will be given but any remaining balance may be applied to future purchases.
- The gift card will expire 24 months after the last use or balance enquiry and any remaining balance will be deducted.
- A Winchester Science Centre gift card remains the property of Winchester Science Centre.
- Winchester Science Centre gift cards are not cheque guarantee, credit or charge cards.
- Winchester Science Centre cannot be held liable for gift cards, once activated, which are subsequently lost, stolen, damaged or defaced.
- 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.
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.