Autism friendly early opening

We're a big and sometimes noisy venue with lots going on and we know this can sometimes be challenging for visitors on the autism spectrum.

The venue will be open early for this session from 9am and you'll have an hour and a half to explore our exhibits at your own pace, chat about what you discover with our staff, and take part in some intriguing activities in our Kitchen, Greenhouse and Live Lab spaces.

There will also be an autism-friendly show in our Planetarium at 10.15am (suitable for age 5+). The fascinating show 'Exploring the Solar System' will be in 2D, with softer music, the lights on and doors open, so you can leave at any time if needed. The show lasts around 30 minutes. 

We will also be opening up the Planetarium for an Open Doors session between 9.15 and 9.45 am. This is a chance to have a look inside the Planetarium and get a feel for the space, prior to the show itself. 


Early opening prices:

Tickets: £4.95 without gift aid/ £5.20 with gift aid

Personal assistants: FREE

Planetarium tickets are an additional £2.50 per person. Please note that places for the show are limited due to capacity, so we recommend booking in advance when you purchase your ticket. You don't need a ticket to pop into the Open Doors session. 


How to book:

For more information and to book tickets, please call our bookings team on 0117 915 1000 (during working hours), email or pop in and ask at our front desk.


Preparing to visit us:

We are developing a guide to the venue to help families prepare for their visit here. Please click on the link below. We hope you find the guide useful and would love to hear your feedback on it. Once we've got the text perfect, we'll be making it look lovely with pictures of our exhibits and different spaces.


​Photo credit: Simon Galloway 


24 Jun

How Much

Session prices: £4.95 / £5.50


Across the whole of We The Curious

Who for

Children and adults on the autism spectrum, and their families