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Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

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Mersey Road
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 0DF

Tel: 0151 420 1121

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Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

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.

About

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

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

  • Excellent
    89
  • Very Good
    61
  • Average
    27
  • Poor
    12
  • Terrible
    13

Recent Reviews:

  • lynne g
    Southport, United Kingdom
    Hidden gem
    5 of 5 stars
    12/10/2017
    All you want to know about the manufacturing history of this important area of the north west.We went for an hour and stayed all day.Some thing to interest everyone. I view the chemical industry in a... Read full review
  • dodi272017
    St Helens, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Outside playgroung
    3 of 5 stars
    02/10/2017
    I visited last with my grandchildren aged 4 and 2. We were unable to see the exhibition due to there being a corporate event taking place. However a very nice man did take us up to the higher level... Read full review
  • margaretawalsh48
    Widnes, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Catalyst Widnes
    5 of 5 stars
    06/09/2017
    What an experience - the views are amazing from the Old Widnes Bridge and rail bridge to the nest Merseyside Gateway bridge which opens within the next two weeks to the Old St Mary's church. A... Read full review

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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.

Catering

  • 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

Special Offers

Map & Directions

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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Opening Times

2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

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