Techniquest

Frequently Asked Questions

General visits

  1. Will the retro exhibits still be there when I visit Techniquest?
    Yes! Not only have we introduced over 50 brand new exhibits, but all of our favourite retro exhibits will remain for you to enjoy at your next visit.
  2. Will the Planetarium be open when I visit?
    We are unable to host any shows within our Planetarium at this time. We will share information as soon as possible when this changes.
  3. Is there a cloakroom?
    We have lockers available as soon as you enter the exhibition — speak to one of our staff when you arrive to get a key. There is a £5 refundable desposit to use the lockers.
  4. Is there somewhere private that I can breastfeed?
  5. Do you have a Prayer Room?
  6. What if someone in my party needs to get away from the main exhibition floor for a few moments, to somewhere quiet?
    We have a small, quiet space available for our visitors called “The Pod”. Guests who wish to use the room while they’re with us — whether for prayer, quiet contemplation, breastfeeding, or just to take a few moments away from the main exhibition floor — are very welcome to do so.
  7. What are your new exhibits like?
    We have over 50 brand-new exhibits at Techniquest that span over five key themes: Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Space, Environment and World Issues.
  8. I’m still a bit unsure about visiting due to the global outbreak of COVID-19. What measures do you have in place?
    We have implemented new safety measures for all our staff and visitors to follow when in Techniquest. A full list of what to expect will be given to you prior to arriving (via email) and signage throughout our centre will remind you of any restrictions or changes. A breakdown of these will be available here.
  9. Why have I got to pre-book my tickets?
    In line with the current public health guidelines, pre-booking will be essential so we can guarantee a safe amount of visitors in at any one time.
  10. What will happen if I turn up without a pre-booked ticket?
    You will be asked to return at a later date/time once you have pre-booked a ticket.
  11. Why are pre-booked tickets for an allocated time period?
    This is to allow us to manage the flow of guests through the building, to manage the capacity and the customer experience effectively.
  12. I’m an Annual Pass holder, what are my rights?
    All up-to-date information regarding our Annual Pass can be found over on our dedicated page.
  13. Can anyone use your new exhibits?
    Yes! Techniquest is for everyone. Our newest exhibits are more touch-screen based and as such are more suited to adults and older children. We do still have many of our classic exhibits which are more tactile and suited to younger ages. If you are looking to visit with very young children, we would recommend our dedicated Toddler Days as they have more activities aimed at that age group.

    Due to the nature of some exhibits, they may have a health warning attached to them so please do check before using them.

  14. Will your staff be wearing PPE?
    Yes, our staff will be wearing the appropriate coverings based on the current public health guidelines.
  15. Do I have to wear a mask when visiting?
    Under Welsh Government law in relation to indoor spaces, it is mandatory to wear a face covering when visiting Techniquest unless you are exempt.

    If you arrive for a pre-booked session without a face covering and you are not exempt from wearing one, you will be required to purchase a face mask from Techniquest before you will be admitted into the exhibition.

    Please read the Welsh Government guidance for further information.

  16. I’m in a wheelchair, can I access the new exhibits?
    Yes, we have a lift available towards the back of our centre that will take you to our second floor. If you are unsure where to find it, please ask a member of staff who will be more than happy to show you where the lift is allocated.
  17. I’m a teacher, can I bring my class to Techniquest for a school trip?
    Yes, classes who are ‘bubbled up’ together under the current public health guidance are more than welcome to visit us on a school trip. However, please be aware that Planetarium shows are not currently available. Please head here to find out what’s available and get in touch.
  18. Can I still make a donation?
    Yes! We are an educational charity and appreciate any donation our visitors can give. To donate, please visit here.
 

Find us

  Techniquest, Stuart Street, Cardiff, CF10 5BW

Contact us

  029 2047 5475
  info@techniquest.org

Opening hours

Techniquest’s opening hours vary — visit the Opening Times page to find out the current hours.

Charity & company

  Registered charity no. 517722
  Registered in Wales no. 01955696

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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 of our visitors 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 TECHNI15.

    There are also nearby pay-and-display car parks on Stuart Street and Havannah Street. Please do not park on Havannah Street itself.

    We regret that there is no parking on-site at Techniquest.

  •   Who is it for?

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

  • I have a different question.

    Please see our dedicated FAQ page.

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