Plan Your Visit

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CAT is temporarily closed

Coronavirus update: We have temporarily closed the CAT visitor centre to support the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, guests and the wider community.

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Winter Entry (Ends Sunday 29th March)

Access to the centre is via the garden steps. Note – the cliff railway doesn’t operate during winter. The garden steps are a 10 minute walk on fairly steep ground, but alternative access is available, for more info click here

Open 10am – 4pm daily with last entry at 3pm. The Cafe closes at 4:00pm.

Adult: £6.50
Concession: £5.50*
Child: £3.00*

*Concession: Student, Seniors over 60 years and Unemployed.
*Child: 4-16 years. Under 4’s Free.

Summer Entry (Starts Monday 30th March)

Access to the centre is via the water-balanced funicular railway.

Open 10am – 5pm daily with last entry at 4pm. The Cafe closes at 4:30pm.

Adult: £8.50
Concession: £7.50*
Child: £4.00*

*Concession: Student, Seniors over 60 years and Unemployed.
*Child: 4-16 years. Under 4’s Free.

Locals go free!

If you are a permanent resident living within the postcodes SY19 and SY20 then we are delighted to offer you free year-round entry. Please bring something with your address on.

Get 20% off when you visit car-free

To encourage people to get out of their cars and reduce their emissions we’re offering 20% off your entry ticket if you walk, cycle or use public transport to come to CAT. Discount only available when buying tickets on-site.

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Opening Times

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 the beginning of April 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

CAT is situated three miles north of Machynlleth and is easily accessible by public transport. Machynlleth is on the Birmingham-to-Aberystwyth train line, which can be also accessed via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, and hourly buses from Machynlleth train station stop right outside the site.

Facilities and Accessibility

We have a great range of facilities at CAT, and we want to make sure that all of our visitors have the chance to make the most out of coming here.
Getting to CAT

Related Questions

Does 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.

Do you have an electric car charge point?

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.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome to visit for free. They will need to be kept on a short lead.

We’ll provide you with a biodegradable dog waste bag upon arrival.

They are not allowed in the cafe or in the shop.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets close to the cliff railway and in the restaurant.

Do you have wifi facilities?

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.

Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

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.

Is there on-site parking?

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.

Contact Us

Need more information or some help? Don't hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will get back to you.