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Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF, England
+44 151 420 1121
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Spectacular views of the MerseyGateway bridge under construction

It's an interesting museum but, like other reviewers, we found a large number of the interactive... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Nice little afternoon

Great little place with plenty of hands-on experiments for younger kids to try out. Check out the... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2017
Wirral, United Kingdom
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Catalayst makes Science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, explore the award winning galleries, visit the stunning interactive theatre, experience fun activities in the lab or travel 30m above the river Mersey in the external glass lift to the glass walled observatory gallery!Visit the gift shop and Elements cafe, the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack whilst admiring the riverside views Free car parking!
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible6%
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Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF, England
+44 151 420 1121
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

It's an interesting museum but, like other reviewers, we found a large number of the interactive items broken which was very disappointing. Having said that, seeing the way that our future adult citizens in a school party treated them, it's surprising that anything at all...More

Thank WarringtonOldUn
catalystSDC, Manager at Catalyst, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2017

Thank you for your feedback; the Mersey Gateway Project is a fantastic addition to the attractions at Catalyst and we are most fortunate that they have funded the activity so it is free for the public to get information on the project and its progress....More

Reviewed 30 January 2017

Great little place with plenty of hands-on experiments for younger kids to try out. Check out the workshops/presentations as well they are well worth the extra fee (£1.25) per person. Good outdoor play area and you can even feed the swans!

Thank jonesfamily2017
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

The Catalyst Museum is great and quite good value. Our children loved all the hands on science experiences, the puzzle room and the observatory at the top. We saw the demonstration about materials which was good but our 4 year old struggled to remain interested,...More

Thank JessieJames2
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great day. Wasn't sure what to expect on our first visit. Our 9 year old daughter had a great time, and so did we. Where else are most of the attractions hands on. Great view over the Mersey. Will definitely be visiting again!

Thank rebecca080407
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Must see museum, the views from the viewing tower are fabulous (on a clear day) but still worth taking a look.

Thank Adele F
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my wife and 6 year old child and he had fun both with the interactive exhibits and the "materials" activity. It could be a really great science museum unfortunately most of the exhibits are really worn out/ damaged or out of order....More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 3 January 2017

The varied reviews already evident on Trip Advisor reflect that fact that Catalyst will not be to everyone's taste but I do think it will make a really good day out for some families, so my review is based on a conditional 4 star rating!...More

Thank synthunter
Reviewed 28 December 2016

A fantastic day spent at Catalyst made all the better by the friendly and helpful staff. As it was a quiet day, my daughter was treated to a personal showing of one of the workshops that Gemma tailored to her age perfectly. My daughter was...More

Thank stevie8abes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We visited Catalyst with our two young kids (10 & 7) based on a recommendation from a friend. We spent 4 hours looking over the exhibits filling out the molecules finding booklets. Unfortunately it was a cloudy day so we didn't get much of a...More

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Went not expecting much but the kids loved it and so did we. Enjoyed the interactive exhibits and finding out all sorts of facts about the local area and environment. Was surprised it was so quiet on a dull day!

Thank MemoryMind
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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