Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

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Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF

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Interactive fun at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
  • Interactive fun at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
  • Fun for all ages at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
  • A great day out at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
  • Feed your mind at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

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About Us

Please book your tickets in advance before you visit.

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?

During the lockdown, Catalyst took the opportunity to continue with the refurbishment programme and are re-opening with a brand new reception and foyer area, a new cafe, gift shop and a new exhibition area for community led exhibitions.

In addition, there is a fantastic new gallery on the ground floor with loads of exciting hands-on exhibits to investigate!

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.

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!

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Guide Prices

Adult £7.95, Children 4 to 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult £5.95, Under 3s FREE, Concessions £5.95, Family of 4 £21.95, Family of 5 £23.95

Please book your tickets in advance before you visit.

Opening Times

2021 (27 May 2021 - 2 Jan 2022)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* Last admission 1 hour before closing.


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.

Public Transport Directions

Various routes of trains transfering to bus.

Nearest bus stops: Waterloo Centre (10 minute walk, 0.5 mile), Ashley Way (12 minute walk, 0.6 mile), Kingsway Hotel (14 minute walk, 0.7 mile)



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Roy C
      Halifax, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A Great day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 20th August 2021
      A day out with grand children was excellent. After 4 hours of play we were not finished and will have to return. Before and after they played outside in the playground whilst we enjoyed the view... Read full review
    • Jim S
      St Helens, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Catalyst museum in Widnes
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 20th September 2021
      This is a small museum in widnes in Cheshire and a) has beautiful views from the rooftop cafe and b) a excellent display of items going through various parts of science dealing with things we use... Read full review
    • marywM2906GQ
      Trip Type:
      We love the new hands on area
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 2nd October 2021
      New updated hands on area is great, we've been several times and our 8yo is still not bored by it. We love the shows and workshops! Outdoor play area is a bonus. Read full review



    • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Induction loop on first floor.
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
    • Free entry for carers 
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Ramp / Level Access
    • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


    • On-Site café/restaurant

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking - Nearby parking available.

    Payment Methods

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

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • German printed material

    Provider Facilities

    • Toilets

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0151 420 1121

    Tel: 0151 420 1121

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