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

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

A butterfly in the warm heart of Africa

Inspired by volunteering at CAT nearly 20 years ago, Josie Redmonds has gone on to set up a wide range of educational community and schools projects in Malawi. I finished my development studies degree at Swansea in 1997 and was concerned about the mostly theoretical nature of the content. I wanted things to be a … Continue reading "A butterfly in the warm heart of Africa" The post A butterfly in the warm heart of Africa appeared fi...

Zero Carbon Britain – soon to be enshrined in law?

The UK Climate Minister has instructed the committee that manages the UK’s climate change act to chart ways of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project coordinator Paul Allen reports. Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Climate Minister Claire Perry announced that later in the year the UK government … Continue reading "Zero Carbon Britain – soon to be enshrined in law?" The post Z...

School holiday fun at CAT!

Come and celebrate the return of the sun this spring with our Easter themed school holiday activities. There are family craft activities in the Straw Bale Theatre every day throughout the holidays, led by the fantastic CAT team. Re-use and recycle everyday items into beautiful crafts to take home and make your own Easter hanging … Continue reading "School holiday fun at CAT!" The post School holiday fun at CAT! appeared first on B...

Supporting the genius within

Recently a group of CAT teaching and support staff took part in a course on Neurodiversity Awareness to help foster better understanding of neurodiverse conditions such as Dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. This week is World Autism Awareness Week, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share a bit about why neurodiversity awareness is … Continue reading "Supporting the genius within" The post Supporting the genius within a...

Industrial Nature

An award-winning company set up by CAT graduates is creating sustainable building materials from by-products of UK-grown crops. Technical director Euan Lochhead tells us more. Industrial Nature is an Edinburgh-based sustainable construction materials manufacturer, founded by a team including two alumni of CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment – Scott Simpson and Euan Lochhead – … Continue reading "Industrial Nature" The post Indus...