Plan Your Visit
CAT is open for courses, special events, group visits and Graduate School of the Environment students, but is unfortunately not currently open to walk-in visitors.
CAT is fully equipped for a unique and inspiring group visit – with 24 acres of gardens, woodlands and displays and experts in a wide variety of sustainable solutions. Choose from a range of workshops, talks and tours, which we can tailor to suit your group.
We also have on-site accommodation and catering, free coach parking, and a dedicated events team to help manage your booking.
Workshops, tours and talks
FACILITIES & EVENT SPACES
Getting to CAT
General InformationDo I need to book in advance?
Yes. All group bookings to CAT must be booked in advance.
Yes, we offer enjoyable and educational programmes of workshops, talks and guided tours tailored to a wide variety of groups including school, college and university groups, community groups, corporate groups, group travel and more.
As part of a pre-booked groups package, groups are able to book to explore the visitor centre’s displays, historically interesting buildings, beautiful organic gardens and sustainably managed woodland facilities. Talk to your groups coordinator to make arrangements.
This is very much dependent on your group type, when you are coming and the type of educational programme that you are looking for. Please make an enquiry with our groups team and find out more.
Please use the enquiry booking form above or email email@example.com.
CAT has everything you would expect from a conference centre and visitor centre. We have ample parking, classrooms and a lecture hall with built-in AV, on-site accommodation, on-site catering facilities (both catered and self-catering), free Wi-Fi, a bar, cloak rooms, reception space and more. Please make an enquiry and our groups team will be able to help ensure you have what you need for your visit.
Yes we have plenty of free coach parking space. Please just let us know on your requirements before coming so that we can ensure there is plenty of space.
Our cancellation policy varies, and it depends on factors such as the size of the group and the notice provided. Please refer to our group booking terms and conditions or contact our reservations team for more information.
CAT’s well-loved and fully vegetarian café can fully cater for your groups needs. You’ll find delicious, cooked breakfasts, hot and cold lunches with produce from the gardens and a hearty selection of evening meals along with hot drinks, cake and more. All food must be pre-booked so please make an enquiry.
Our café is entirely vegetarian and offers a variety of vegan options as standard. Our professional team are very experienced in catering for all manner of dietary requirements.
Please inform your groups coordinator of any dietary requirements within your group at least two weeks prior to your booking date.
Accessibility and Getting to CATDoes the site have disabled access?
Disabled parking spaces are available at the top of the drive that starts next to the bottom station building and can be reserved with your groups coordinator. Otherwise, access to the visitor centre is via the woodland walk or drive, both of which are quite steep.
To reach the car park, drive up the lane to the left of the main ticket office. Please take extra care as that lane is also used as a walking entrance by visitors.
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 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 emailing firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of your visit.
CAT’s WISE building has two bedrooms that are fully equipped for visitors with additional mobility needs. Please enquire with your groups coordinator if you have any specific requirements that you would like to discuss. CAT’s eco-cabins are also fully accessible.
CAT has an electric vehicle public charging station which is FREE for visitors to use.
Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Please contact your groups coordinator to reserve a time-slot.
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.
We have plenty of free parking spaces for both cars and coaches.
Yes, there are bike sheds with locking facilities in the bottom car park.