Facilities and Accessibility
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.
Information for wheelchair users
Access to the Visitor Centre from Easter to the end of October is via the cliff railway which has carriages that are adapted to receive wheelchairs.
When you arrive at the Visitor Centre you will see the reception area in the car park at the bottom of the cliff railway. Parking is free. There is a short low-gradient ramp to access the reception and railway. We offer free entry to the Visitor Centre for carers.
During the winter months, the railway is closed and access to the Visitor Centre is via the Garden Steps. This is a stepped pathway, which takes about 10 minutes to walk, passing the eco-cabins, vegetable fields and shop.
Parking is provided near the visitor circuit at the top of the South Drive for those who are unable to walk up.
As CAT is located in a rural area with steep gradients, it has not been possible to make all paths accessible. The Garden Steps and Woodland Walk leading from the lower car park to the Visitor Centre are not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.
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 705993 in advance of your visit.
Other access information
Weather: While there are a number of buildings and sheltered areas throughout the Visitor Centre, please keep in mind that this is generally an outdoor experience and dress accordingly.
Telephones: The mobile phone signal in the area can be weak.
Baby changing facilities are available in the toilets close to the cliff railway and in the restaurant.
Bike racks and free car parking
The Cliff Railway is currently not working. We are offering a £1 discount on entry ticket prices. Access is via the Garden Steps or the North/South drives. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
QUARRY TRAIL LAUNCH PARTY! 24th October 2016, 10am - 4pm Join us for a full day of fun in the woods with wildlife and history events and live music from the Old Quarry to celebrate the opening of CAT's brand new Quarry Trail. Click here for more info and to download the programme.