image for Exhibition item typeAutomata Exhibition at Machinations

happy visitor to soft play area

happy visitor to soft play area

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Exhibition, £2.85


Visitor Centre The Museum of Mechanical Magic Gallery - one of the few significant permanent exhibitions of automata in the UK.

Automata are essentially moving figures, tableaux or sculptures powered by electricity, clockwork, wind driven or hand turned. Come and visit our centre in Mid Wales. Available on site - exhibition, playbarn soft play area for kids and outdoor rabbit village, shop & cafe.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Visitor Centre, Cafe, Shop, Play Barn, Automata Exhibition, Rabbit Village, picnic terrace overlooking river

Opening Details

Open all the time

Weekdays 9.30am - 6.00pm
Weekends 10.00am - 5.00pm


Entry to Play Barn, £2.85 for over 1 year olds. Loyalty cards available and discounts on parties.



Plan route to Machinations using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 899029  Lat: 52.61267 Long: -3.62750

Follow the A483 west from Newtown for approx. 5 miles. Turn right at Caersws on the A470 towards Machynlleth for approx. 12 miles.
On Bus Route Newtown - Machynlleth

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 12 miles from Caersws station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Visitor Centre, Cafe, Shop, Play Barn, Automata Exhibition, Rabbit Village, picnic terrace overlooking river

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Special dietary requirements are catered for but much better choice can be provided with advanced notice and we will be very happy to help in any way. Likewise, printed information can be provided in bigger print with advance notice.

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