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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

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The Centre for Alternative Technology turns 40

This summer, the Centre for Alternative Technology will celebrate its 40th birthday. To mark this historic occasion, CAT is organising two great events. On the 26th of July CAT will hand over to the National Library of Wales an extensive collection of photos and historical interviews that document the last 40 years at CAT. On the 2nd of August CAT will host a birthday carnival with speakers, workshops, music and much more. For the last 4 decades ...

Hottest April, May and June on record – the heat is on and it’s early

By Ranyl Rhydwen, Senior Lecturer on MSc Sustainability and Adaptation – CAT’s brand new masters degree starting in September 2014. April, May and June 2014 all hottest since records began June 2014 has been reported as being the hottest June since records began in 1891 by the Japanese Meteorological society, 3rd hottest by NASA and hottest by NOAA – data released today. This follows on from April and May 2014, being the hottest or equal hottest ...

Want to eat a healthy and sustainable diet? Ask Laura.

Today, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) launches a new web tool – Laura’s Larder – designed to help you figure out how to eat healthily for you, and the planet. The first of its kind, the tool allows you to put in what you eat, and shows what the nutritional qualities and deficits are, and what impact it has on the global environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. It then makes some suggestions for improvement, allowing you to m...

What’s on this summer at CAT?

Summer Highlights With over 7 acres of hands-on displays and gardens and with 40 years of experience in sustainability practice, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) inspires thousands of visitors every year. Based in beautiful Mid Wales, the Centre overlooks the Snowdonia National Park, renowned for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. Join us with your family, friends or come alone and explore what you can do! This summ...