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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

Transition People, Transformation People

Helen Kennedy, a student on CAT’s new MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation masters course reflects on her experience of the first module. A fortnight ago, I was preparing for my first week away, holidays discounted, for many years. I’ve been 22 years out of my own academia, and 22 years in the world of education as a teacher. Certainly, my career involved the odd training day, but as educational policy changed, so did the nature of these tra...

5 signs you should come to this year’s CAT conference

1. You’d like to make a difference at home or in your community 2. You want to connect with other active and knowledgeable members 3. You’re concerned about fracking and other fuel exploration in the UK 4. You’d like a chance to explore our woodlands, gardens and original quarry 5. You’re keen to learn, share, debate, network, eat, drink and dance in beautiful, autumnal mid-Wales   Special guest speakers include: Andy Rowell is an award-winn...

Graduate School of the Environment Changemakers event: 18-19 October

Join us on the weekend of 18-19 October for a very special event for students and alumni of CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment. Speakers include Doug Parr, Chief Scientist at Greenpeace, as well as Graduate School lecturers and alumni. Part conference, part networking event, part reunion, we’ll look at ways that we can all work together to really get to grips with urgent environmental challenges. The key theme of the weekend is ‘changemaker...

Free teacher training – Energy today and tomorrow

Education for sustainable energy – free teacher training 28 October 2014 at the Centre for Alternative Technology (with an option to stay overnight 27th to 29th).  “Excellent day! Lots of ideas to take away” Ysgol Tywyn June 20th 2014 Get activity ideas for bringing global issues into the classroom on a free one day course. Aimed at teachers and trainees at secondary level, the course focuses on energy and sustainable futures. It i...

Response to David Cameron’s New York climate change speech

Alice Hooker-Stroud, researcher on the Zero Carbon Britain report, who spoke at the Peoples Climate March on Sunday, responded to David Cameron’s speech to the UN Climate Summit in New York today. She said: “David Cameron could have, but failed, to deliver a commitment to reach zero carbon emissions – an achievable and necessary target for the UK. He talked about raising the global ambition but failed to take on the UK’s responsibility in doing s...