Yes, once you pay at reception you have access to all activities in the Life Science Centre (unless specifically otherwise stated). This does not include the seasonal Skating@Life.
The Shows run at various times during the day depending on demand. Please ask a member of staff when you arrive for the show times for your visit.
You are not required to book in advance for any shows unless advised at reception when purchasing tickets. All activities are filled on a first come first served basis.
No, tickets can only be pre-booked for groups of 10 of more. Groups are eligible for a discount of 1 in 10 goes free when booking 5 or more working days in advance. See here for more details of group bookings.
The Life Science Centre caters for visitors of all ages, from pre-school to grown-ups, although explanations and subject matter is specifically aimed at children aged 6 or older. If you would like to discuss suitability in more detail, please call (0191) 243 8223.
The Life Science Centre is very hands-on, and caters for visitors of all ages. We have a special area specifically designed for under 7s; a planetarium show called ‘Naughty Monsters in the Sky’ and a series of pre-school days. For more information, ring (0191) 243 8223.
Yes, our multi-storey Times Square Car Park is a short walk away, providing easy access to the centre.
The Life Science Centre has two cafés. Times Square cafe, which overlooks the square, is open 7 days a week. You'll find an array of hot and cold snacks, including delicious soups, sandwiches and cakes. We also brew Starbucks here. Outside seating and Wi fi are available. Our in-centre Life Café is open at weekends and during school holidays. There is also a FREE packed lunch area for customers bringing their own food and drink.
Yes, lockers are available for hire in our reception area. A £5.00 deposit is required and £4.00 will be returned when you return your key.
We recommend that you plan to spend around 3-4 hours for your visit to Life in order to take in all our shows and exhibitions, although you are very welcome to just drop in, or stay all day long.
Your ticket is valid for the whole day of purchase only.
Yes, just keep hold of your ticket and show it at reception when you come back in.
Yes, baby changing facilities are available throughout the centre.
Yes, the centre is fully accessible for both wheel chair users and pushchairs.
We accept all major credit/debit cards except American Express.
Children aged 13 and over will be admitted to the science centre unaccompanied.
Yes, please see the Groups page for details.
Yes. WiFi access is available in our Times Square cafe. There's a minimum purchase requirement of £2.00.
The Centre for Life is private property. It’s a popular subject for photographers and although we are happy in most instances for architectural photographs to be taken, please let us know in advance by informing a member of the Science Centre reception team or calling the PR team on (0191) 243 8209.
You are welcome to take photographs of your friends and family while visiting the Science Centre or ice rink , but please refrain from taking photographs of other people without prior permission.
Thank you for your cooperation.