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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. 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 for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Food culture, biodiversity and health – a Brexit /post globalisation nirvana?

Watch Tim Lang’s lecture on  Food culture, biodiversity and health – a Brexit /post globalisation nirvana? On the 8th of January , 2019 Professor Tim Lang, one of the authors of the recent Eat-Lancet Report, gave a lecture to CAT graduate students exploring  the dynamics of our food system, the different influences that act upon it, … Continue reading "Food culture, biodiversity and health – a Brexit /post globalisation nirv...

Place and passion

Fernando García Vicario on his journey from CAT volunteer to MSc student. CAT’s international reputation brought me all the way to Mid Wales from my home country of Spain. I was going through a professional career shift, seeking a more meaningful path, and CAT looked like the ideal place for this. Such a drastic life … Continue reading "Place and passion" The post Place and passion appeared first on Blog from the Centre for Altern...

Climate emergency! Local authorities pledge to act

As CAT’s home town and home county declare climate emergencies, Paul Allen looks at the groundswell of action from towns, cities, counties and regions determined to take action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. One of the key reasons climate change is such a serious problem is that it is non-linear, containing many systems that feed back … Continue reading "Climate emergency! Local authorities pledge to act" The post Climate ...

Build a natural house at Build It Live

Join us in Manchester at Build It Live North West on 23-24 February as we demonstrate building a natural house in the ‘Centre for Alternative Technology Demo Zone’. Building demonstrations will be running throughout the show, featuring a range of materials and methods that are covered in our new ‘Build a Natural House’ course: Strawbale … Continue reading "Build a natural house at Build It Live" The post Build a natural house at Bui...

Come and see us at the Energy and Rural Business Show this February

The Energy and Rural Business Show, taking place on 6 and 7 February at Telford International Centre, is an event for farmers and landowners who want to look at options for renewable energy and low emissions vehicles. It includes three exhibitions in one space, including the Energy Now Expo, and explores the latest policy advice … Continue reading "Come and see us at the Energy and Rural Business Show this February" The post Come an...