Contacts for Science Centres

Science Centre contacts in uk

Armagh Planetarium

Planetarium and Ireland’s leading centre for astronomy and space science education. They provide a wealth of fun astronomy related activities such as rocket launching and the portable ‘Stardome Planetarium’.

Themes: Space.
Type: Science Centre. 10 exhibits. Size: S. Opened: 1968.
Open: Open all year. Ages: All ages.

The Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DB MAP
Tel: 028 3752 3689   Fax: 028 3752 6187


Explore-At-Bristol is one of the UK’s most exciting hands-on science centres! Discover interactive exhibits and special exhibitions, take in a Planetarium show or join our Live Science team for fun experiments and activities.

Themes: Science, Natural history.
Type: Science Centre. 150+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500+ m2. Size: L. Opened: Jun-00.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00 during weekdays in term time. Closes 18.00 at weekends and local school holidays. Ages: All ages.

At-Bristol , Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB MAP
Tel: 0845 345 1235   Fax: 0117 915 7200

Bolton Science and Technology Centre

Bolton TIC is the UK’s first Junior Incubator. Lying somewhere between a school, a university research lab, a training centre and a factory, it is a place where young people can make their technical dreams come true, by designing and making just about anything, with equipment beyond the reach of schools.

Themes: Technology
Type: Other. Size: M. Opened: Oct 2006.
Open: School bookings only Ages: 9 – 19

Bolton Science and Technology Centre, Minerva Rd, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 0HA MAP
Tel: 01204 372 204   Fax: 01204 372 213


Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

Where seeing is not believing

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2ND
T: 0131 226 3709  F: 0131 225 4239 Email:                Website:

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

Catalyst makes science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Explore the award winning, hands-on galleries, visit the stunning interactive theatre, experience fun activities in the lab or travel 30 metres above the River Mersey in the external glass lift to our glass walled Observatory Gallery.

Themes: Science, Industry, Environment, Careers, Chemical History Collection
Type: Science Centre. 100 exhibits. Exhibition area: 1000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1989.
Open: Open all year Tues – Sun. Open Mondays during school holidays only. Telephone to check opening times. Ages: All ages.

Catalyst, Mersey Road, Widnes, WA8 0DF MAP
Tel: 0151 420 1121   Fax: 0151 495 2030

Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT aims to inspire, inform and enable people to explore more sustainable ways of living. CAT also runs practical residential courses all year round, hosts school visits and provides a free information service.

Themes: Sustainable living, alternative technology and organic gardening
Type: Other centre. Size: M.
Open: Open all year round. Ages: All ages.

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales, SY20 9AZ MAP
Tel: 0845 330 8373 (local rate from the UK) or 01654 705950   Fax: 01654 702 782

Centre for Life

The Centre for Life is a vibrant and exciting place where science is explored and debated. From exciting hands-on exhibits, family activities to lively lectures and serious debates on contemporary science issues, Life offers something for all ages and interests. As a regional focus for science communication, the Centre encourages curiosity about science by questioning and uncovering new things about life and the world around us.

Themes: Exploring the life sciences.
Type: Science Centre. 50+ exhibits. Size: L. Opened: 2000.
Open: Mon – Sat 10-6, Sun 11-6. Ages: All ages.

The International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP MAP
Tel: 0191 243 8210   Fax: 0191 243 8201

The Centre of the Cell

Opens March 2008, website launched March 2007. Centre of the Cell is a unique interactive multimedia experience embedded within a working research laboratory. The central themes are cell biology, disease and biomedical research.

Themes: Cells, biology
Type: Discovery Centre. Size: S. Opened: 2008.
Open: Opens March 2008 Ages: All ages. Schools 9-16

Centre of the Cell, Queen Mary, University of London, 64 Turner Street, London, E1 2AB MAP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2562

Eden Project

Eden explores the relationship between people, plants and natural resources. In a worked-out china clay pit up to 55 metre high covered biomes have been built exhibiting plants from two climates: the rainforest and the warm temperate/ Mediterranean together with outdoor displays from the cool temperate zones including UK.

Themes: Plants. Experiential learning.
Type: Animals / Plants. Exhibition area: 125000 m2. Size: L. Opened: Mar-01.
Open: Daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Ages: All ages.

The Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG MAP
Tel: 01726 811911   Fax: 01726 811912

Edinburgh International Science Festival

The Edinburgh International Science Festival is Europe’s largest public celebration of science and technology with around 180 workshops, shows, exhibitions, tours, talks and hands-on activities for young and old. It attracts around 120,000 visits over 11 days at Easter-time.

Themes: Science & technology.
Type: Festival. Approx. 180 exhibits. Size: L. Opened: 1989.
Open: Various. Ages: All ages.

Edinburgh International Science Festival, 4 Gayfield Place Lane, Edinburgh, EH1 3NZ MAP
Tel: 0131 558 7666   Fax: 0131 557 9177

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Interactive centre for young children.

Themes: Science, music, the body, the environment
Type: Childrens’ Museum. 200+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 4,500 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1992.
Open: Daily: 10.00 – 17.00. Closed: 24th – 26th December. Ages: birth to 12 years.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE MAP
Tel: 01422 330 069   Fax: 01422 398490

Glasgow Science Centre

Scotland’s biggest science centre. Includes 4 floors of hands-on exhibits, IMAX and Space Theatre.

Themes: Science.
Type: Science Centre. Size: L. Opened: Mar-01.
Open: All year. Tuesday to Friday 9-6pm Ages: All ages.

Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA MAP
Tel: 0141 420 5000   Fax: 0141 420 5011

Horniman Museum and Gardens

As well as being home to the most comprehensive musical instrument collection in Britain, the museum has an internationally renowned anthropological collection and a popular Natural History Gallery.

Themes: Provides an window in to the natural and cultural worlds. Galleries: Natural History Gallery, Music Gallery, African Worlds Gallery, Centenary Gallery.
Type: Museum. 5,000+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500 m2. Size: M.
Open: Daily, 10.30 – 17.30. Closed 24 – 26 Decemeber. Ages: All ages.

The Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ MAP
Tel: 020 8699 1872   Fax: 020 8291 5506

Inspire Discovery Centre

Norwich’s hands-on science centre.

Themes: Science.
Type: Science Centre. 40 exhibits. Exhibition area: 300 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1995.
Open: Mon-Fri 10.00-4.00. Sat Sun 11.00-5.00 Ages: All ages.

Science Projects, St Michael’s Church, Coslany Street, Norwich, NR3 3DT MAP
Tel: 01603 612612   Fax: 01603 616721


INTECH is an interactive hands on science centre and planetarium. 100 exhibits all designed and built in-house to support the National Curriculum. The new planetarium seats 176 and is a fully digital state of the art installation.

Themes: Science and technology.
Type: Science Centre. 2275 exhibits. Exhibition area: 2275 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1989.
Open: 7 days a week, all year. Ages: All ages.

INTECH, Hampshire Technology Centre Trust, Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester, SO21 1HXMAP
Tel: 01962 891907   Fax: 01962 868524

Jodrell Bank Science Centre

Jodrell Bank is going through an exciting period of change with a new visitor centre development and is due to re open in the  summer 2011. During the interim period, visitors will be welcomed at a temporary reception area located in the Environmental Discovery Centre. There will be limited facilities and no café. Visitors will have access to the Gardens and Telescope Observation Pathway. Opening times are 11am – 4pm and admission is free. For all development updates please visit our website.

Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 9DL MAP
Tel: 01477 572 621

Kelham Island Museum (SCOPE)

Kelham Island Museum traces `The Story of Sheffield’ and includes a science discovery centre.

Themes: Light, Sound, Forces, Materials and Magnets.
Type: Museum. 100+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 600 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1990.
Open: Mon-Thurs 10.00 – 16.00; Sunday 11.00 – 16.45 Ages: All ages.

Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8RY MAP
Tel: 0114 272 2106   Fax: 0114 275 7847

The Living Rainforest

The Living Rainforest promotes a sustainable future through education and research on humanity and the world’s rainforests. The charity runs a rainforest-inspired visitor centre in Berkshire, featuring plants and animals from this threatened tropical ecosystem.

Themes: Plants, animals, ecosystems, human needs, economics and cultures.
Type: Animals / Plants. Exhibition area: 20000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 2000.
Open: 10.00 – 5.15 every day Ages: All ages

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Newbury, Berkshire, RG18 0TN MAP
Tel: 01635 202 444   Fax: 01635 202 440

The Look Out Discovery Centre

The Look Out Discovery Centre has over 80 hands-on science exhibits. Launch a hot air balloon, climb through our giant mole hole or play a tune on our stringless harp!

Themes: Science and nature.
Type: Other centre. Over 80 exhibits. Exhibition area: 730 m2. Size: M. Opened: 1996.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00. Closed Dec 24th – 26th. Ages: All ages.

The Look Out Discovery Centre, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell, Berks, RG12 7QW MAP
Tel: 01344 354 400   Fax: 01344 354 422

The Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus

A touring maths lab that demonstrates and explores a multisensory approach to learning maths. On the road since 1989. Tours nationally and internationally. 3 supervised exhibitions.

Themes: Maths.
Type: Travelling or outreach. 30, 60 or 120  exhibits. Exhibition area: 100+ m2.
Open: As decided by host. Ages: All

The Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus, Old Coach House, Penypwllau, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 8HB MAP
Tel: 01352 713 014   Fax: 0870 0521 997


Magna is set in Templeborough Steelworks in Rotherham. Inside you can explore the four elements of fire, air, earth and water and have fun firing giant water canons, launching rockets, spinning in a gyroscopic chair, learning to fly, exploding rock faces and working real JCB’s.

Type: Science Centre. 120+ exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Apr-01.
Open: Daily. 10.00 – 17.00 Ages: All ages.

Magna, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX MAP
Tel: 01709 720002   Fax: 01709 820092

The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester (MOSI)

Based in the buildings of the world’s oldest passenger railway station, thirteen action-packed galleries bring the past to life with working industrial machinery, scientific achievement, live demonstrations and hands-on exhibits.

Themes: Nationally recognised collections of industrial heritage and scientific achievement.
Type: Museum. Xperiment 60 + Galleries 33 exhibits. Exhibition area: 600 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1988.
Open: Daily: 10.00 – 17.00. Closed 24th – 26th December. Ages: Suitable for all ages/families.

The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4FP MAP
Tel: 0161 832 2244   Fax: 0161 833 1471

The National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium is a charity dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the oceans, the life they contain and the way that humans affect them. It is Britain?s largest aquarium containing Europe?s deepest tank.

Themes: Aquatic Life and Human Interactions with the Oceans.
Type: Discovery Centre. 52 exhibits. Exhibition area: 5500 m2. Size: L. Opened: Jul-02.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00, winter and 10.00 – 18.00, summer. Ages: All ages

The National Marine Aquarium, The Ropewalk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF MAP
Tel: 01752 600 301   Fax: 01752 600 593

National Maritime Museum

The world’s largest maritime museum, set in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Greenwich.

Themes: Sea, ships, time and stars
Type: Museum. Size: L.
Open: Every day 10am – 5pm, summer 10am – 6pm Ages: All ages

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF MAP
Tel: 020 8858 4422

National Museum of Scotland

NMS holds a wealth of treasures built up over several centuries, encompassing archaeology, ethnology, decorative and applied arts, social history, science and technology, and the natural world.

Themes: Natural History, Science and Technology, Art and Design, Ethnography, Ancient Cultures and World Cultures.
Type: Museum. 12,000 exhibits. Exhibition area: 15,000 m2. Size: L.
Open: Mon – Sat, 10.00 – 17.00. Tues: Late night opening until 20.00. Sun: Open from 12.00. Ages: All.

National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF MAP
Tel: 0131 247 4441   Fax: 0131 247 4311

National Museum Wales

Comprises: National Museum Cardiff St Fagans: National History Museum Big Pit: National Coal Museum National Roman Legion Museum National Slate Museum National Waterfront Museum National Wool Museum

Type: Museum. Size: L.

National Museum Wales, CF10 3NP MAP


National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool is a group of eight museums and galleries dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of art, history and science. The venues are The Conservation Centre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House, Museum of Liverpool Life, HM Customs & Excise Museum and The Walker.

Themes: Highlights include Liverpool Museum’s award-winning Natural History Centre, Planetarium and Space Gallery.
Type: Museum. Size: L.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00. Ages: All ages

National Museums Liverpool, 127 Dale Street, Liverpool, L69 3LA MAP
Tel: 0151 207 0001   Fax: 0151 478 4770

National Space Centre

The National Space Centre is dedicated to space science and astronomy. Includes Space Theatre and a Challenger Learning Centre.

Themes: Space science and astronomy.
Type: Science Centre. Size: L. Opened: Jun-01.
Open: Term time: Tue – Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Local school holidays: Mon- Sun 10am to 5pm (last entry 3.30pm). Closed 25th-26th Dec and 1st Jan. Ages: All ages.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS. MAP
Tel: 0116 261 0261   Fax: 0116 258 2100

The Natural History Museum

Dedicated to our planet’s life story, the Museum takes visitors on an unforgettable journey into Earth’s past, present and future. Discover more about the Museum’s world leading scientific research in free daily events and behind the scenes tours in the Darwin Centre.

Themes: Life and Earth Galleries, including Dinosaurs, Mammals, Creepy Crawlies and Earth’s Treasury.
Type: Museum. Size: L. Opened: The Darwin Centre opened in 2002..
Open: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 17.50. Sun: From 11.00. Ages: All ages

The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD MAP
Tel: 020 7942 5000   Fax: 020 7942 5430

  1. Natural History Museum

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5555

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0207 7942 6031

The Observatory Science Centre (Herstmonceux)

Hands-on science centre set amongst the domes of the former Royal Observatory.

Themes: Science + space / astronomy.
Type: Science Centre. 100+ exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 1995.
Open: Daily from Feb to end Nov. Weekends only in Jan and Dec. Ages: All ages.

Science Projects, Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN MAP
Tel: 01323 832731   Fax: 01323 832741

Our Dynamic Earth

A fantastic journey of discovery through the story of our planet. Face boiling lava, fly over glaciers and dive deep beneath the ocean in the experience of a lifetime.

Themes: The physical and biological processes that formed and continue to shape our dynamic planet.
Type: Other centre. 12 galleries exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Jul-99.
Open: Opening times vary according to season – telephone before visiting. Ages: All ages.

Our Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS MAP
Tel: 0131 550 7800   Fax: 0131 550 7801

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The RBGE is dedicated to explaining and exploring the world of plants. Education is for all ages and stages, from casual visitors to botany students, and from children to senior citizens. Admission is free.

Themes: Plants, horticulture, botany, education, exhibitions, events.
Type: Science Centre. Over 6% of all known plants (over 13,000 species) exhibits. Size: L.
Open: Daily from 10.00, closing 16.00 – 19.00 depending on season. Closed 25th December & 1st January. Ages: All ages.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, National Botanic Gardens of Scotland, 20a Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR MAP
Tel: 0131 552 7171   Fax: 0131 248 2901

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Gardens cover 300 acres and are home to themed gardens and plant collections, as well as a number of historic and ‘working’ buildings. The living collections are a resource for botanical science world-wide.

Themes: Plants from around the globe; science and horticulture; conservation of plants and habitats.
Type: Animals/Plants. 1000s exhibits. Exhibition area: 121,410 m2. Size: XL.
Open: Open all year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Ages: All ages.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB MAP
Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5000   Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5197

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

The Royal Observatory Visitor Centre aims to introduce the general public and visiting groups to the fascinating world of modern astronomy and space research.

Themes: Astronomy and Space.
Type: Other centre. Size: S. Opened: 1981.
Open: Open for pre-booked groups and special events only. Ages: All ages.

Royal Observatory Visitor Centre, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ MAP
Tel: 0131 668 8404   Fax: 0131 668 8407

Satrosphere Science Centre

Satrosphere is Scotland?s original science centre. We encourage visitors to get ?hands on? with science through exploration and discovery. Fun-packed experiments, live shows and spectacular demonstrations bring science to life.

Themes: All sciences. Themes change regularly.
Type: Science Centre. 50+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 700 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1990.
Open: 10.00 – 17.00 daily. Ages: All ages.

Satrosphere Science Centre, The Tramsheds, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TUMAP
Tel: 01224 640340   Fax: 01224 622211

Science Alive

A hands-on interactive learning gallery

Themes: Imagination, invention, ingenuity – a series of exhibitions regularly changed and updated
Type: Science Centre. Four zones: People Pod; Playground; Workshop; Talking Point; includes digital studio and presentation theatre pit exhibits. Exhibition area: Small (800 sq m.) m2. Size: S. Opened: 23rd June 2010.
Open: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri + evening events. 10 am – 4 pm Weekends Ages: All ages

Science Alive, Harlow Leisurezone, Second Avenue, Harlow, CM20 3DT MAP
Tel: 01279 311499

Science Made Simple

A science outreach company that takes science and engineering-based shows into schools all across the UK. We also provide professional development courses for staff working in museums and science centres.

Themes: science performance, physics, engineering, theatre
Type: Travelling or outreach. n/a exhibits. Exhibition area: n/a m2. Size: S. Opened: n./a.
Open: n/a Ages: From 5 years upwards

Cardiff University, Queens Buildings, 14-17 The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA MAP
Tel: 02920 876 884   Fax: 02920 874 056

Science Museum

Where else can you take a trip to Mars, age 30 years in 30 seconds or participate in a controversial scientific debate? At the Science Museum you can do all this and much, much more.

Themes: Science, technology and medicine.
Type: Museum. Thousands. exhibits. Size: L. Opened: Wellcome Wing, 2000..
Open: Daily 10.00 – 18.00. Closed 24th – 26th December. Ages: All ages.

Science Museum (National Museum of Science & Industry), Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DDMAP
Tel: 0870 870 4868   Fax: 020 7942 4447

Science Oxford Live

A cultural centre for science with a hands on activity centre where children can experience science first hand and a regular series of evening events for adults, and family events during the holidays. Available for pre-booked groups such as schools, brownies and scouts, playschemes and nurseries.

Themes: Lights, Sounds, Forces, Magnets and Problem Solving
Type: Science Centre. over 40 exhibits. Exhibition area: 100 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1990.
Open: Public: weekends and local school hols:10.00 -17.00. Open to pre-booked groups, e.g. schools in term-time as well. Ages: All ages (most appeal 4-12 yrs).

Science Oxford Live, Science Oxford Live, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD MAP
Tel: 01865 728953   Fax: 01865 791 854

Science Projects

Travelling hands-on exhibitions for science centres, museums, festivals or events. Current exhibitions on tour: Risk; The Senses: Medieval Machines; Puzzles and Illusions; Good vibrationsm – the science of sound; Feel the Force and Light and Optics.

Themes: Science
Type: Travelling or outreach. 10 to 18 per exhibition exhibits. Exhibition area: Per exhibition, 100 m2. Size: S. Opened: 1988.
Open: Varies according to host org. Ages: All ages.

Science Projects, Exploring Science Travelling Exhibitions, 20 St James Street, London, W6 9RWMAP
Tel: 020 8741 2305/6   Fax: 020 8741 2307

The Scottish Seabird Centre

Visitors control interactive cameras, sited on islands in the Firth of Forth to explore the fascinating world of seabirds, with thousands of puffins and gannets, and marine wildlife including seals and dolphins. The centre is now operating wildlife boat safaris around the islands of the Firth of Forth throughout the summer period.

Themes: Seabirds. and the marine environment.
Type: Discovery Centre. 4 interactive cameras and film theatre. exhibits. Exhibition area: 340 m2. Size: S. Opened: 2000.
Open: All year. Ages: All ages.

The Scottish Seabird Centre, The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS MAP
Tel: 01620 890202   Fax: 01620 890222

Sellafield Visitor Centre

With interactive exhibits, exciting science workshops, plenty of hands – on fun and Europe’s first Immersion Cinema, Sellafield Visitors is the educational and entertaining day out for budding scientists of all ages.

Themes: Energy Production, Nuclear Power, the Environment and Science.
Type: Other centre. 30+ exhibits. Size: S. Opened: 1989.
Open: Open all year. Ages: All ages.

Sellafield Visitor Centre, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1PG MAP
Tel: 019467 27027   Fax: 019467 27021

Sensation Dundee

Interactive Science Centre in Dundee. Also includes a 3D cinema, soft play area, internet caf? and shop. Roborealm, will give visitors the chance to interact with robots.

Themes: Exhibits are based on the senses and the biology of humans, animals and plants.
Type: Science Centre. 60+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1000 m2. Size: M. Opened: 2000.
Open: Open 7 days from 10am Ages: All ages.

Sensation, Greenmarket, Dundee, DD1 4QB MAP
Tel: 01382 228800   Fax: 01382 868 602

Snibston Discovery Park (Extra Ordinary Gallery)

Snibston is Leicestershire’s all-weather science and industry museum, where visitors can get their hands on over 90 interactives indoors and outdoors.

Themes: Biology, Energy, Weather, Light, Forces, Engineering, Mining, Textiles, Outdoor science playground and water play area
Type: Science Centre. 70+ exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 1992.
Open: Daily: 10.00 -17.00. Opening times change mid-October – please check times before visiting. Ages: All ages.

Snibston Discovery Park, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN MAP
Tel: 01530 278 444   Fax: 01530 813 301


Over 150 hands-on exhibits and fascinating shows in the Theatre and Planetarium make Techniquest a unique experience for visitors.

Themes: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space, Electricity, Energy, Environment, Forces, Light and Colour, Maths, Ourselves, Music.
Type: Science Centre. 100+ exhibits. Exhibition area: 1500 m2. Size: L. Opened: 1986.
Open: Open every day, excepting Christmas. Ages: Any age.

Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW MAP
Tel: 02920 475 475   Fax: 02920 482 517

Techniquest Glyndwr

Techniquest Glyndwr (TQG) is the Science Discovery Centre situated on the campus of Glyndwr University in Wrexham, North East Wales. The centre comprises an exhibition of hands-on exhibits and a programme of theatre, workshop and public lecture presentations on-site and as outreach for schools, leisure visitors and community and special interest groups. It operates as a partnership project between Glyndwr University, Welsh Assembly Government and Techniquest Cardiff.

Themes: Science
Type: Science Centre. 60 exhibits. Size: M. Opened: 2004.
Open: See web site Ages: All ages

Techniquest and NEWI, Plas Coch, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW MAP
Tel: 01978 293400 Fax: 01978 293 470



Thinktank offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and futuristic facts. Visitors can explore everything from space travel and steam engines to intestines and taste buds. Includes digital planetarium and IMAX cinema.

Themes: Transport, Industrial Revolution, local history, modern medicine, contemporary and future science, space
Type: Science Centre. Approx 2,600 exhibits. Exhibition area: 7,500 m2. Size: L. Opened: Sep-01.
Open: Daily 10.00 – 17.00. (Last entry 16.00) Ages: All ages.

Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG MAP
Tel: 0121 202 2222   Fax: 0121 202 2280

Tyne and Wear Museums (Discovery Museum)

Discovery is the largest free museum experience in the North East. Full of displays and interactives that bring science, technology and history to life.

Themes: Science, History, Fashion, Military, Maritime.
Type: Museum. 60+ exhibits. Size: L.
Open: Mon – Sat :10.00 – 17.00, Sun:14.00 – 17.00 Ages: All ages (aim 3 – 16yrs).

Tyne and Wear Museums, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA MAP
Tel: 0191 232 6789   Fax: 0191 230 2614

W5, whowhatwherewhenwhy

W5 is Ireland’s only purpose-built science discovery centre. Located at Odyssey, Northern Ireland’s Millennium Landmark. 140 interactive exhibits in five exhibition areas,

Themes: START (for children 3- 8), GO, SEE and DO.
Type: Science Centre. 140 exhibits. Exhibition area: 3,600 m2. Size: M. Opened: Spring 2001.
Open: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 18.00, Sun: from 12.00. School term times only: closes 17.00, Mon – Thurs. Last admission 1 hours before closing on all days. Ages: 3+

whowhatwherewhenwhy – W5, W5 at Odyssey, 2 Queen’s Quay, Belfast, BT3 9QQ MAP
Tel: 028 9046 7700   Fax: 028 9046 7707

Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust

Interactive science centre at the birthplace and childhood home of Sir Isaac Newton, with historic manor house, orchards and farm buildings.

Themes: The work of Sir Isaac Newton
Type: Science Centre. 14 exhibits. Exhibition area: 50 m2. Size: M.
Open: Open 13.00 – 17.00, weekends in March and October and at the same times Wed – Sun from April to September. Ages: Suitable for all ages

National Trust Science Discovery Centre, Woolsthorpe Manor, 23 Newton Way, Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth, nr Grantham, NG33 5NR MAP
Tel: 01476 860338   Fax: 01476 862626

  1. Whinchester Science Centre

  1. Science and Technology Facilities Council
    Polaris House
    North Star Avenue
    SN2 1SZTel: +44 (0)1793 442 000
    Email: (general enquiries)

  1. 3.      Horimun Museum

You can also contact us by telephone – call 020 8699 1872.

Or you can write to us. Our address is: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ

  1. Centre of the Cell Address
    Blizard Institute
    4 Newark Street
    E1 2AT

Office Address
Centre of the Cell
Office 223, Garrod Building
Turner Street
E1 2AD

For booking enquiries please contact Colette Ferguson on:
Tel: 0207 882 2562

For enquiries about our Outreach Programme please or call 020 7882 2562

If you are a teacher or a community group leader in Tower Hamlets please contact Umme Aysha to discuss our Learning Programme for Tower Hamlets. You can also contact Aysha if you would like to speak in Bengali about your visit:
Tel: 0207 882 2476

For enquiries about our Learning Programme please contact Katie Chambers:
Tel: 0207 882 2565

For all funding enquiries please contact Professor Fran Balkwill:
Tel: 0207 882 3587

For general information and enquiries:

  1. Dom McDonald
    Head of Public Engagement & Business Networks

01865 810000


  1. 4.      Techniquest, Cardiff


029 2047 5475, by email at or by post at Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW.

Contact BIG

admin @

BIG Administrator
20 Waungron Road

Telephone (During School Hours Only please)

07759 706117

Maths Magic Circus

For all other purposes please contact
Paul Stephenson
Operations Director and Company Secretary


Company details
The Magic Mathworks Travelling Circus is a company limited by guarantee.
Company no. 2722822.
Registered Charity no. 1013110.

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Published by makingpi

Our interest is to create a brilliant practical applied maths programme for teaching students who struggle with engaging in Maths. Our interests range from building bridges to making beautiful silver objects.

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