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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

COP21: key events CAT will be attending

Climate Demonstration London, 29 November CAT and supporters will be present at the climate march in London on 29 November behind the banner of Zero Carbon: Making it Happen.  CAT will be marching with the Zero Carbon bloc, meeting point D. Nearest tube is Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch. We will be assembling from 12:00 onwards, ready to march at 13:00. To change everything, we need everyone! UN Climate Conference, 30 November to 11 Decembe...

CAT in Paris – Media Pack

CAT is going to Paris, here you will find our press pack for the  COP21 UNFCCC climate talks. Packed full of useful information, key events we will be attending and the messages we are taking with us. We will be promoting our ground-breaking Zero Carbon research project both inside and outside the official negotiating hall to raise ambition by showing we have all the technologies we need to do what the climate science demands of us. The work...

To change everything, we need everyone!

On Sunday the 29th of November the People’s March for Climate Justice and Jobs will be taking place in London. The Centre for Alternative Technology will be there along with staff and supporters to join with thousands of people taking part in this global day of action. If you would like to meet us in London for the Climate Change Demonstration, CAT will be marching with the Zero Carbon bloc, meeting point D. Nearest tube is Hyde Park Corner or Ma...

The Centre for Alternative Technology has put out a statement in response to Amber Rudd’s energy policy speech made on the 18th November 2015. The CEO Adrian Ramsay said; “We wish we could rejoice in the news that UK coal-fired power stations will be closed by 2025, as this is an important step in the right direction in the fight against climate change. However yesterday’s speech by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Climate Change and Energy lea...

CAT celebrates the next generation of graduates ‘making it happen’

Graduates from the Centre for Alternative Technology celebrate their academic successes at ceremony. Over 40 students from the Graduate School of the Environment at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth celebrated the successful completion of their studies with an award ceremony on Saturday 14th November. The evening also included a buffet dinner, a welcome from CAT’s chief executive Adrian Ramsay and a keynote speech by Prof...