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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

CAT launches new collaborative climate project: Zero Carbon: Making it happen!

CAT has launched a new research phase of its Zero Carbon Britain project. The next step will draw in expertise from across a wide range of disciplines in order to build a comprehensive body of research around reducing carbon emissions to zero. Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Britain project manager said; “ The climate science couldn’t be clearer – to stabilise the climate system and stay below the globally agreed limit of 2ºC with high certainty, th...

Interview: Jake’s making renewable energy work for housing associations

Jake Lock started studying MSc Renewable Energy and the Built Environment in 2012. He has now completed studying all the taught modules on the course and is about to embark on his dissertation. We caught up with him about how studying the course has been useful for him and the housing association he works for. How has studying the course been useful for your career? I work in a housing association development team. I have been working there since...

Eco Attractions Group launches the green hands summer challenge

This summer, Tots100 has teamed up with the Eco Attractions Group to inspire you to get out this summer and have fun – that doesn’t cost the earth! Eco Attractions Group is an alliance of leading British visitor attractions with a strong environmental theme. They offer adventure, education and inspiration – helping to connect families with the natural world. Take part in our Green Hands challenge and you could win one of 20 daily prizes...

Artist Danny May unveils his new work at CAT

Artist Danny May explains the concept behind his new art work, on display at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Newfangled Spanner ‘This artwork considers the experience of an ordinary person. This person, imagined in a garden shed or toy-room, tries to make sense of the world through his drawings and toy-like assemblages. These hobby ‘projects’ enable him to better cope with and relate to the technological and incomprehensible objects that n...

CAT welcomes our new artist in residence

Working alongside the CAT’s Education Team, Holly Owen is the latest artist in residence at the centre. Through her often-sculptural artistic practice she will be responding to the sustainable themes that are central to CAT’s core mission and using creatively inclusive ways to engage children and young people in art and sustainability. She is keen to explore the multi-skills and disciplines across the centre to inform her environmental and commun...