In addition to the three galleries, families can also visit the Puzzle Room, borrow one of the Panoramic Halton tablets, borrow a backpack, complete a trail or even take part in one of our holiday or weekend workshops.
Also on offer is free car parking, a gift shop and the Elements cafe, the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack or drink whilst admiring the riverside views.
Family visit admission prices
Adult – £5.95, Child or Concession – £4.95
Family of four ticket (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children) – £17.95
Family of five ticket (2 adults + 3 children) – £19.95
Access for all
Catalyst has been designed with all visitors in mind, with ramped access to the front door, level access to all areas, a lift to all floors and accessible cafe, shop and toilet facilities.
Workshops and family activities
Throughout the school holidays and at weekends we run a programme of hands-on activities and family science shows.
At weekends the workshops run at 11.30am and 2.00pm and the family science shows run at 12.30pm and 3.00pm.
During the school holidays the workshops run at 11.00am and 2.00pm and the family science shows run at 12.00 noon and 3.00pm.
See the ‘What’s On’ section for more information about the weekend workshops
See the ‘What’s On’ section to find out more about the holiday activities
Panoramic Halton Tablets
Ask at Reception to borrow* an interactive tablet (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) to explore the history of the area that you can see from the windows of the 4th floor Observatory gallery. Activate the tablet by holding it against the orange sticker by the lift on the ground floor, then follow the instructions to discover a wealth of information, video clips and archive photographs.
* Please note, a deposit is required if borrowing a tablet.
When we have no conferences, you can visit the conference room on the second floor and try out all our maths, puzzles, games and problem solving activities. Great fun for all the family.
For families with children under 4 you can borrow one of our brilliant backpacks while you explore the galleries. These are free to borrow and contain items to dress up in, like a high-vis vest and hard hat, there is a trail to follow and there are things like binoculars, a torch and a magnifying glass which all help to make your visit even more fun!
Backpacks do not need to be booked, they are issued at Reception on a first come, first served basis with the last pack of the day being issued an hour before closing.