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Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF, England
+44 151 420 1121
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My ten year old son wanted to go here as he loves science stuff but I wasn't that keen. However, I... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Alison M
Liverpool, United Kingdom
via mobile
Great place

Well worth a visit great for the kids to see what really went on in Widnes in the early days. You... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2017
Widnes, United Kingdom
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Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF, England
+44 151 420 1121
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Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

My ten year old son wanted to go here as he loves science stuff but I wasn't that keen. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The site it is on is lovely. Near the canal and had amazing views of the new Runcorn bridge. Admission was...More

Thank Alison M
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Well worth a visit great for the kids to see what really went on in Widnes in the early days. You can see the new bridge been built

Thank tunnicliffe16
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The kids had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day out .Plenty of activities with local history explained in audio as well as visual.Highly recommended

Thank Maureen116
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I visited the Catalyst with a group of friends called The Lunch Bunch and found it very interesting and informative. Especially to gain knowledge of the progress and plans for the new Runcorn Bridge.

Thank JuRon6572
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This is a great venue for all ages - the interactive exhibits kept our two grandchildren (12 and 6 years)more than happy. Outside area good...zip line and swings etc. Great views of the New and old bridges from the observatory. All in all a nice...More

Thank Brian A
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is an excellent museum which is to be recommended for the activities available for groups as well as a very interesting space to see the history of the chemical industry on this site. We noted that there were school groups thoroughly engaged in the...More

Thank 30sunny
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Had the place almost to ourselves for most of the visit Small party of primary school children in the science area but my grandson loved talking to them On entering the museum under 4's get a backpack( adult sized) with binoculars, magnifying glass, hard hat...More

Thank sttimmj1
catalystSDC, Manager at Catalyst, responded to this review

Thank you for your great feedback. We are pleased that you and your grandson enjoyed Catalyst. We have a large number of Season Ticket holders that enjoy coming back to visit the static exhibits as well as the changing programme of events. With the Easter...More

Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I visited the Merseyside Gateway Exhibition at the Catalyst Museum. There are excellent audio visual materials to explain to non-engineers like me what is being done. However it is the enthusiasm of the volunteers that bring it all to life. They also explain the history...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I visited the Catalyst Museum with my young grandson during the half term. The museum is situated in the old Gossage’s soap works, and is mainly about the chemical industry. On the ground floor there is a range of interactive exhibits, which my grandson found...More

Thank deverestackpole
catalystSDC, Manager at Catalyst, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback; the views from our observatory are indeed spectacular! We have 67 interactive exhibits of which 2 are currently under repair. (There are instructions by each exhibit and staff on hand to explain/help). We are grateful to all visitors who report...More

Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We went on a cold sunny day and immediately signed up for the interactive gas workshop and the family science presentation. Our 10 and 6 year old LOVED the chance to do the experiments. They learned so much that we recreated 2 of the water...More

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catalystSDC, Manager at Catalyst, responded to this review

Thank you for your valuable feedback and delighted you enjoyed the workshops; our Education Team of scientists & teachers love hearing feedback on workshops they have designed for the public. We are unique in the North West for having open admission to hands-on scientific workshops...More

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Hello there, what age is Catalyst suitable for? My little one is 16 months old,just wondering if that was a little bit too young, many Thanks
12 September 2016|
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Response from shellsina | Reviewed this property |
The park is gorgeous and on a sunny day it's amazing to just sit and watch the kids play.. The centre itself is probably a little old for her.. Our 4 year old grandson loved it. Our 2 year old granddaughter just ran... More
Amanda N
Are you able to take your own packed lunch and is there seating available?
25 August 2015|
Response from catalystSDC | Property representative |
Yes, of course. There are some picnic tables outside near the playground, they are owned and managed by Halton Borough Council, not Catalyst but you can use them if you wish. Your ticket admits you all day so you could go... More