Techniquest

Techniquest’s mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement.

We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

Techniquest has a world-wide reputation for creating programmes and exhibits, and our staff includes leading experts in science communication. We develop and sell programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world.

Techniquest offers interactive experiences that are accessible to all, and that have been enjoyed in its centre by over 4 million people since its inception in Cardiff in 1986.

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History

Techniquest is the UK’s longest established science centre.

Founded in 1986, by Professor John Beetlestone and his colleagues from Cardiff University, its first site was the gas showroom opposite Cardiff Castle (now Burger King).

In 1988 it moved to a pre-fabricated industrial building in Cardiff Bay, with 100 exhibits; it was here that it launched its education programmes for schools.

In 1995 it moved to its current site, the UK’s first purpose-built science centre, in Cardiff Bay. The building was formerly a heavy engineering plant; Paul Koralek of ABK Architects designed Techniquest around the framework of the original building.

Techniquest builds its own exhibits in its workshops in Cardiff. It is one of the leading commercial exhibit builders in the UK, selling exhibits and programmes to science centres around the world. This commercial activity is an essential income stream for delivering Techniquest’s mission.

Techniquest was the first science centre in the UK to have Governing Member status in the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC).

In 1999 Techniquest’s exhibits were awarded “Millennium Product” status by the Design Council of the UK because of their excellence.

How is Techniquest funded?

As an independent registered educational charity, Techniquest is funded from a variety of sources. The Welsh Government provides approximately one third of our funding, particularly to support schools programmes. Admission charges help to meet operating costs, whilst grants and other earned income are also essential.

Techniquest’s Accounts

Techniquest is a registered charity; our accounts can be found at the Charity Commission.

Strategy

If you would like information on Techniquest’s strategy or would like more details of our fundraising objectives or our business services, please email info@techniquest.org.

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Find us

Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

029 2047 5475
info@techniquest.org

Opening hours

During local school holidays
10.00am–5.00pm Bank Holidays, seven days a week.

School term
9.30am–4.30pm Tuesday–Friday;
10.00am–5.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

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FAQs

  • What is Techniquest?

    Techniquest is an educational charity, with a science centre in Cardiff Bay. Our mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement. We provide a range of services to schools and teachers to complement formal education provision in Wales and work extensively with public audiences.

  • Where can I park?

    We are pleased to be able to offer all our visitor discounted parking with Q-Park, our preferred parking partner.

    The Q-Park operates the Cardiff Bay car park in Pierhead Street which is around 8 minutes walk from Techniquest.

    We have agreed a special discount rate for our customers of 15% off all pre-bookings.
    Pre-book and guarantee your space here using the code techniquest.

  • Who is it for?

    Techniquest is suitable for all ages! We do have special events for certain groups, however — see Toddler Days, After Hours and Home Educator days.

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