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Entry

Entrance is via CAT’s fully accessible water-balanced cliff railway.

Accessible parking is available for those who need it.

Pre-book your tickets

Pre-booked tickets are within 30-minute time allocated slots. The first available entry time is between 10:00 and 10:30 and last entry is between 15:30 and 16:00. Our site closes at 17:00.

  • Adult: £8.50
  • Concession: £7.50*
  • Child: £3.50**

*Concession: Students, people over 60 years and unemployed people.
**Child: 4-16 years. Under 4s Free.
Note: All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry details

Entrance is via CAT’s fully accessible water-balanced cliff railway. Accessible parking is available for those who need it.

You’ll find more information in our visitor FAQs section.

Locals and CAT members go free!

If you are a member of CAT or a permanent resident living within the postcodes SY19 and SY20 then we are delighted to offer you free year-round entry.

Please bring your membership card, pass or proof of address with you when you visit to show your eligibility for free/discounted entry.

Family cycling 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.

Keep an eye on imposed travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Plan your visit Q&A

Before you visit

Do I need to book in advance?

Advanced booking is not required but is available online and will save you time when you get to CAT!

If you have pre-booked your tickets please bring a digital or printed copy of your booking confirmation with you.

How long can I stay for?

The CAT site closes to Visitors at 5pm.

If I have symptoms, can I still come?

Following government guidelines, it is extremely important that if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you knowingly have been in contact with anybody exhibiting symptoms, then you must self-isolate at home and are therefore not able to come to CAT.

Please see Welsh Government guidelines for more information.

Can I still bring my dog?

Absolutely! The four legged member of the family is very welcome – we just ask that you use the biodegradable poo bag provided and keep dogs on short leads at all times.

While at CAT

Is CAT’s free information service available?

For the time being the information desk is due to open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week. There may be occasional days when this pattern changes.

If the desk is not open on the day that you visit, you can contact our information officer with your questions on info@cat.org.uk. See also the pages at https://cat.org.uk/info.

Will there be any family activities on offer?

Yes as part of our seasonal visitor programme which you can find here.

What will be on offer in the café?

CAT’s cafe is offering delicious hot vegetarian meals and a few hot pastry favourites along with the salad menu. We also have a wide selection of hot drink options.

Will my dietary requirements be catered for?

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.

However, we are currently operating with a reduced menu comprising drinks, cakes and picnic items so our capacity to cater for all dietary requirements is slightly reduced.

Please ask a member of staff in the café if you have any other specific requirements or speak to us in advance by emailing visit@cat.org.uk.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets next to the bottom-station ticket office, close to the top of 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 information centre/gallery, the café/shop and the WISE building.

Accessibility and Getting to CAT

Does the site have disabled access?

CAT’s water-balanced cliff railway is not currently operating. The access route to the visitor centre is via a walk up a relatively steep lane, which will take approximately 10 minutes. Disabled parking spaces are available the top of the North Drive, avoiding the walk. When you enter the main visitor carpark, please continue to drive up the lane to the left of the main ticket office. Please take extra care as that lane is also used as a main visitor walking entrance.

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 visit@cat.org.uk well 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.

Due to the changes we have had to make to ensure a safe reopening, you are not currently able to pre-book access to the charge point. We are therefore currently unable to guarantee availability.

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.

Please speak to the member of staff at the bottom station ticket office for details.

Is there on-site parking?

We have plenty of free parking spaces on-site and an over-flow car park for extra busy periods.

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.