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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. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was founded in 1973 on the site of the disused Llwyngwern slate quarry near Machynlleth, in Mid Wales and 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

10 ways we can reclaim our energy supply

Would you like to live in a zero carbon future, where a whole new approach to energy has delivered benefits not just for the planet, but also for people and communities? Rethinking how we access the energy we need is a key challenge as we work to build a zero carbon future. Changing our approach to the production and ownership of energy — who generates it, and who profits — could have many wider benefits, including for people and communities th...

Join CAT volunteers in our woodlands and gardens

CAT volunteer EunKyung Shin (pictured below, axe in hand) has been helping in our woodlands since the winter. Here she recounts the challenges and joys of getting to grips with woodland management. Choosing to be a woodland volunteer can be a bit of a tough decision to make. It’s not always easy cutting, pruning and coppicing trees in traditional ways, using body power alone, using sharp and heavy tools. I still remember the feeling when I firs...

Micro yet Mighty – Easter at CAT

At CAT this Easter we are celebrating all things Micro Yet Mighty, 8th – 23rd April. This Easter holiday, we invite you and your family to re-discover the overlooked, marvel at the miniscule and explore the world in close-up. Shifting our perspective back to how it was when we were small enables us to re-discover the world in detail and make new connections with the complex environments that we belong to. At CAT this Easter, we invite you to jo...

Zero Carbon Wales on the agenda for AMs

Today we launch our new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen, at a special event in the National Assembly for Wales. Sponsored by Mid and West AM Simon Thomas and involving representatives from across the political spectrum, the event is a platform for Assembly Members to explore how Wales can rise to the climate challenge. In the climate agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, global leaders committed to keeping global temperatur...

Welsh nature and beyond – nature discovery talks at CAT

This April a series of talks at CAT will take you on a journey from ancient Welsh woodland to the Amazon rainforest and beyond.  On Wednesday 5th April we start our programme of evening talks with Adam Thorogood from the Woodland Trust. It takes many centuries to develop the rich, complex and irreplaceable ecosystems found within our ancient woodland but now this precious habitat covers just 2% of the UK. Adam will talk audiences through t...