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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 www.cat.org.uk for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Is the world about to agree on net-zero carbon emissions?

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in the message”- “Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.” UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, attending what he described as an “historic” report launch earlier this month.  This week the United Nations has released the most important assessment of global warming yet and warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and quickly. The report also makes it clear that rather than falling, carbon emissio...

What is it like starting a new masters degree in renewable energy?

Toby Whiting, domestic energy assessor and new student on the MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment course at CAT reports on his introductory week.  Looking back on the introductory half of the first module there has been a lot to take in! Meeting lecturers and other students on the course was re-assuring and surprising; the lecturers all have good levels of knowledge and practical experience (I have paid for some courses in the pas...

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change and what to do about it

George Marshall will be presenting his new book published by Bloomsbury at the Centre for Alternative Technology on the 11th of December at 7pm. The book looks at why, despite the overwhelming evidence, do we still ignore climate change? And what does it need for us to become fully convinced of what we already know? George Marshall’s search for the answers brings him face to face with Nobel Prize-winning psychologists and the activists of the Tex...

The arts can create a cultural shift in our approach to sustainability

A new research report produced by a collaboration between CAT and a number of other organisations in Wales argues that arts have a huge role to play in creating a cultural shift in our approach to climate change and sustainability. The report is officially launched today at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales. It was funded by Arts Council Wales. The report is available as a download in English and Welsh. ‘Culture Shift’ gives an overview of th...

Chris Loyn wins prestigious architecture award

Chris Loyn is a guest lecturer on the Professional Diploma in Architecture course at the Centre for Alternative Technology. His designs for Stormy Castle have just won a Manser medal. Big congratulations to Chris and his practice. Chris has run a drawing practical on CAT’s architecture part II course for several years. The purpose of the practical is to ‘re-value’ the act of drawing by hand as we feel “ design emerges through the graphic ruminati...