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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 archivists nominated for digital preservation awards

The work of  Aberystwyth students, Kerry Evan, Ann Macdonald and Sarah Vaughan  on the CAT archive project Voices from a Disused Quarry  has been shortlisted for a prestigious digital preservation award. The DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation celebrates impressive work by any student which lowers the barriers to digital preservation. It is presented to the student that, in the eyes of the judg...

Join us on the biggest climate march in history

Everyone’s calling it the biggest climate march in history. As Mr Cameron joins other Prime Ministers and President’s in New Your this weekend, people all over the world will be taking to the streets to call for action. We want you to join us in London. Alice Hooker-Stroud, who coordinated our Zero Carbon Britain research for the report we launched last summer will address the people who march in London to tell them that we know how to stop emitt...

Renewables Event 2014 at Birmingham NEC

Paul Allen, project leader of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project has been asked to join a panel discussion at “The Renewables Event” at the Birmingham NEC, 10.30 – 11:15 on 17th September. The session is titled Panel discussion: Supporting the growth of renewable energy in business – realising its value through onsite implementation. The other panellists include: Dave Sowden, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association, Andrew Dayus,...

World’s top environmentalists call on foundations and philanthropists to use their financial power against global warming

160 leading environmentalists from 46 countries today called on foundations and philanthropists to use endowments worth billions of dollars to turn the tide on global warming. The group, all winners of major environmental awards, issued their call to action in an ‘Environmental Laureates’ Declaration on Climate Change’, published in the International New York Times, a week before world leaders arrive in New York for a UN Climate Summit. “We,...

41 ways in which the Centre for Alternative Technology has changed people’s lives.

We are still celebrating our 40th birthday party.  Following on from our facebook post where loads of people sent in ways in which CAT has inspired them here is a much discussed and edited 41 ways in which CAT has changed people’s lives. 1.  1  Since doors opened  in 1975 over 2 million people have been informed, inspired and enabled at the Centre for Alternative Technology. 2.   2. The early settlers occupied a disu...