Plan Your Visit
Over the winter months, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) will be welcoming visitors free of charge.
Access to the centre is via Garden Steps and reception is located within the Shop. Ends Monday 1st April.
Our summer season starts on Monday 1st April.
Access to the centre is via the water balanced Cliff Railway.
Open 10am – 5pm daily with last entry at 4pm. The Cafe closes at 4:30pm.
*Concession: Student, Seniors over 60 years and Unemployed.
*Child: 4-16 years. Under 4’s Free.
Summer Season (April – October): 10am – 5pm, Mon-Sun
Winter Season (November – March): 10am – 4pm, Mon-Sun
Closed between Christmas & New Year
Arriving at CAT
Railway – General access from Easter to the end of October is via our water balanced funicular railway.
When the railway is closed access is via the garden steps (a ten minute walk up fairly steep steps).
Access for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility is available via the lower car park (when the railway is operational) or via the top south car park.
CAT can be accessed easily by public transport. If mobility is an issue, it’s recommended to come via the 34 bus as this stops closer to CAT.
Getting to CAT
Facilities and Accessibility
Related QuestionsDoes the site have disabled access?
During the Summer Season (April – October), access to site is via the cliff railway which has carriages that are adapted to receive wheelchairs. Free disabled parking spaces are available very close to the bottom station. We offer free entry to the Visitor Centre for carers.
During the winter months (November – March), the railway is closed and access to the Visitor Centre is via a stepped pathway, taking about 10 minutes to walk. Alternative disabled parking spaces are available at the top of the South Drive, avoiding the steps. The displays are located throughout a 7-acre open-air site. Most of the pathways around site are made up of compacted aggregates which are mostly level; however wheelchair users may require assistance in using these, particularly during periods of inclement weather. All the buildings have ramped or level access with doors, entrances and corridors wide enough for a wheelchair. There are wheelchair accessible toilets at the bottom car park reception building and near the shop at the top of the cliff railway.
We have electric mobility scooters and a wheelchair, either of which can be hired free of charge by calling 01654 705950 in advance of your visit.
CAT has an electric vehicle public charging station which is FREE for visitors to use. To ensure that the charge point is available for you to use, please book in advance by calling us on 01654 705950.
The charging point is a 32 amp Type 2 (or Mennekes) socket allowing for fast charging, typically up to 4 hours. Please bring your own charging cables.
Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs are permitted onto our Visitor Centre.
Unfortunately we do not allow other dogs, as we have several monitored sites for ground nesting birds, and we have to control the exposure of these sites to other animals such as dogs and sheep. This is particularly the case during the nesting season, but important all year. This also applies to other wildlife that can be disturbed by dogs.
Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets close to the cliff railway and in the restaurant.
Free visitor wifi is available within and close to a number of buildings on-site, including bottom and top station, the shop, the café and the WISE building.
Our café is entirely vegetarian and offers a great variety of vegan options as standard. Our professional team are very experienced in catering for all manner of dietary requirements.
Please ask in the café if you have any other specific requirements.
We have plenty of free parking spaces on-site and an over-flow car park for extra busy periods. For large motorhomes and coaches, please call our shop reception on 01654 705950 in advance to let them know you are coming.
Need more information or some help? Don't hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will get back to you.