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Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Centre for Alternative Technology

Europe's leading Eco-centre

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia, this unique visitor attraction is guaranteed to entertain, inform and fascinate all the members of your family.

Lifted up by 'the water-balanced' cliff railway with its breathtaking views visitors arrive at our 7 acre display gardens, crammed with exhibitions displays and information.

Whether you want learn all about the environment, how to save energy and money in your home or just enjoy the gardens, shops and the excellent vegetarian restaurant it will be an experience to treasure and remember.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is concerned with presenting solutions to environmental problems, rather than the doom and gloom view, we take a positive and uplifting approach, demonstrating all kinds of environmental technologies in an interesting and informative way. CAT began as an experimental sustainable community over 25 years ago, since 1974 it has evolved into Mid Wales' most unique and popular visitor attraction.

Please visit for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Prize winning schools visit CAT courtesy of Herefordshire Council

On a sunny day in June, 37 pupils from four Herefordshire schools came together to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. The trip was organised as part of the prize for their winning entries in a schools energy and waste poster competition organised by Jane Denny, Energy Management Officer for Herefordshire Council. The competition coincided with the launch of an office energy saving campaign and a new alternate weekly...

UK climate change committee issues stark warning to government

The UK climate change committee has today released a new report, the first of its kind to the new parliament, Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change: 2015 Progress Report to Parliament. The report says that early action in the new Parliament is needed to keep the UK’s emissions reductions on track and to adapt to climate change. The report  calls on the government to; extend funding for low-carbon electricity generation to 2025,...

National Unplugging Day 28th of June at CAT

28th June is National Unplugging Day- ‪#‎unplug2015‬ ‪#‎gogadgetfree‬ at CAT National Unplugging Day is one day per year, the aim is to help families balance their off-line and on-line interactions. So unplug this Sunday and join us at CAT for a wide range of activities. Insect Dectectives 12:00pm – 01:00pm Hunt for dragons, damsels and stags on a mini-beast quest around the CAT grounds. Learn more about different insect habitats a...

Today at CAT; Contemporary dance workshop & performance

Wild Sweep – a creative dance workshop with Cornerstone Dance Company Members of Cornerstone Dance will lead you through a hands on creative movement session which explores some of the CAT’s sights, smells and sounds using all the senses. Open to all movers, young and old; please come prepared for all weathers and bring a bottle of water and some paper and pens. Brought to you by a new dance company formed by Liverpool Hope University graduates. ...

Stop press: the first Small is Beautiful acts are announced

Stop press: the first Small is Beautiful acts are announced From the 4th-6th September CAT will be hosting the Small Is beautiful festival that explores positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts. We bring together experts, enthusiasts, creators and the curious from around the world. Join us in making a magical place full of possibilities, and find out how we can collectively shape t...