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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

Communicating climate change — 10 good ideas

How would you like to have media and communications systems you could trust to tell the truth about the really important things? Transforming the ways we gather and share information could allow us to develop better and more trustworthy communications systems, which can more accurately reflect the need for, and the benefits of, a shift … Continue reading "Communicating climate change — 10 good ideas" The post Communicating climate c...

Worldviews and values – inspiring the shift to zero carbon

Our values and worldviews are central to how we comprehend the world around us, and how we see our place in it. Understanding how this shapes our attitudes and actions towards nature could be a key part of facilitating the shift to zero carbon.   Many now believe that climate change is not the root of … Continue reading "Worldviews and values – inspiring the shift to zero carbon" The post Worldviews and values – inspi...

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 … Continue reading "10 ways we can reclaim our energy supply" The post 10 ways we can reclaim our energy supply appeared first on Blog f...

Join CAT volunteers in our woodlands and gardens

CAT volunteer EunKyung Shin (pictured, 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 … Continue reading "Join CAT volunteers in our woodlands and gardens" The post Join CAT volunteers in our woodlands...

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 … Continue reading "Micro yet Mighty – Easter at CAT" The post Micro yet Mighty – Easter at CAT appeared first on Blog...