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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

Zero West – the journey begins…

CAT has been invited to set the scene for the first ever conference of Zero West. Zero West is a collaborative project bringing together renewables developers, community groups, the four West of England local authorities, education, financers, lawyers, IT specialists, PR companies, and a wide range of other interested parties. It has been established because, … Continue reading "Zero West – the journey begins…" The post Zero West – t...

Crowdfunding for you

In 2013, writer and editor Hannah Engelkamp walked around Wales with Chico the donkey, then used crowdfunding to publish a book and feature film of their journey. After their mad cap journey the crowdfunder went viral, raising over £35,000. Hannah went on to advise on many other campaigns, and has given talks about crowdfunding at … Continue reading "Crowdfunding for you" The post Crowdfunding for you appeared first on Blog from t...

Twelve days of Climate Christmas at the Young Vic

Dreaming of a Zero Carbon Christmas? Paul Allen has been exploring the possibilities with a group of visionaries at London’s Young Vic Theatre. Following up on the cultural launch of CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen report at the National Theatre on London’s South Bank, I was invited to make the keynote presentation at … Continue reading "Twelve days of Climate Christmas at the Young Vic" The post Twelve days of Climate C...

Tiny homes for nature

In the UK, gardens cover more land than nature reserves, so what we do in them matters. Alex Chadwick shares some tips on creating your own little wildlife haven. Our towns and cities are sometimes thought of as ‘ecological deserts’ barren of almost all non-human life, but nothing could be further from the truth. There … Continue reading "Tiny homes for nature" The post Tiny homes for nature appeared first on Blog from the Centre ...

University College London field trip to CAT

Last month we were joined by students from University College London on an engineering field trip. They explored hydroelectricity, biomass, water and sewage treatment and how we generate renewable energy at CAT and more.   Here’s a quick snapshot they made of their visit… To find out more about university and college visits to CAT … Continue reading "University College London field trip to CAT" The post University College Londo...