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Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

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Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF

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Tel: 0151 420 1121

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About Us

Catalyst is an interactive science centre whose aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Find out how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life - from medicines to Meccano and learn about the 'chemistry' industry and its role in our lives, past, present and future.

Who visits?

Catalyst is a great action-packed family attraction with an excellent educational focus. During term time, schools visit to take part in our exciting programme of curriculum based activities and during school holidays families can take part in our special events and hands-on workshops.
Some of these may be taught in our state-of-the-art Discovery Lab, with its modern design and funky colours, it's like no other lab you will have ever seen!

We have something for all age groups, and a friendly welcome is guaranteed!

What is there to do?

Finding out is fun at Catalyst. We have three award-winning galleries to explore. Scien-trific on the ground floor is a hands-on, interactive gallery for the whole family. Birth of an Industry on the first floor, houses the museum element of the centre supported by an amazing collection of
archive material and life-like reconstructions. The rooftop observatory gallery affords stunning views from the Welsh hills to the Pennines and is accessed by the wonderful scenic glass lift.

For an unforgettable experience visit the Alchemy Theatre! With sections in stunning 3D and interactive voting you can discover how a cancer drug is made, how chlorine is produced, how to recycle or how to help save the world!

Also on offer is free car parking, a shop where you'll find a wide range of intriguing toys, souvenirs and gifts and the Elements Cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty meal, snack or ice cream whilst admiring the riverside views.

Who are we?

Catalyst is a charitable trust whose ultimate responsibility for its operation lies with a Board of
Trustees. The development of the centre has been funded through an effective partnership of chemical industry companies, local government, the North West Regional Development Agency and a grant from the Millennium ReDiscover Fund.

Learning Outside the Classroom Accredited 2009.

Family workshops during the school holidays; family science workshops on the last weekend of every month.

Catalyst is a unique day out - science has never been so much fun!
During school term time - Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) 10.00am to 4.00pm and Bank Holiday Mondays except at Christmas and New Year. Last admission is at 3.00pm. Weekends 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm Closed Mondays

During school holidays (and every weekend) - Weekdays (Monday-Friday) 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm. Weekends 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Concession£4.95 per ticket
Adult£5.95 per ticket
(2+2) or (1+3)£17.95 per ticket
(2+3)£19.95 per ticket
5 - 16 yrs£4.95 per ticket
Under 4 yrsFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Road Directions

In general, follow road signs to Widnes (south) and then look out for the brown/white tourism signs.Close to bus routes / stop.For all bus information you can ring the PTI2000 number 0870 6082608 which will automatically connect to your local travel information centre, depending on where you are calling from. They can put you through to any other local travel information centre anywhere.We are on the Trans-Pennine (cycle) trail. Cyclists and walkers are welcome! We have leaflets describing the whole of the trail.


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Recent Reviews:

  • 624suzanne
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    no outside seats!
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 14th May 2018
    my brother and I walked from Pickering Pastures to Spike Island with my dog. it would have been lovely to sit outside and have a coffee (dogs not allowed in Catalyst), and enjoy the view, but there... Read full review
  • John B
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    In need of an upgrade
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd April 2018
    The historical part of the museum is good for old science enthusiasts like me but the kids part, the hands on and interactive bit needs money and lots of it! Read full review
  • Janet H
    Rochdale, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Happy boys!
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 14th April 2018
    Took our 11 year old twin grandsons on a wet school holiday afternoon and found Catalyst interesting and informative. One grandson has learning difficulties and he enjoyed the visit as much as his... Read full review



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Lift to all areas.
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on first floor.
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Nearby parking available.


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • German printed material

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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