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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

Brand new practical course at CAT – Introduction to Rewilding

Everyone is talking about rewilding at the moment. The debate around rewilding is shaking up the conservation sector – and public interest is huge – with a growing movement of people advocating the restoration of our degraded ecosystems. But what does it really mean to rewild? And how would you go about doing it if … Continue reading "Brand new practical course at CAT – Introduction to Rewilding" The post Brand new practical course a...

Zero Carbon Britain: Stories for Change

How three people are shaping a more sustainable world, in their own words The Centre for Alternative Technology’s Zero Carbon Britain research shows that we have all the technological solutions needed to reach zero carbon. A much greater challenge is how to change mindsets — how to shift the status quo — in order to make these solutions happen. We … Continue reading "Zero Carbon Britain: Stories for Change" The post Zero Carbon...

Carbon lock-in – 10 ways to break the cycle

Imagine a world where we have broken our ties with fossil fuels… Our towns and cities are awash with innovative practical projects that are rebuilding our relationship with food, energy, transport and buildings, openly supported by the wider economic and political systems. Such innovation has unleashed all kinds of co-benefits, from cleaner air to better … Continue reading "Carbon lock-in – 10 ways to break the cycle" The post Carbo...

Transforming economics

10 ways we can make the system better for people and planet How can our economic system be transformed so that it helps us to meet the key challenges of the 21st century? With the urgent need to rise to the climate challenge and address global economic instability, many people have been working on new approaches … Continue reading "Transforming economics" The post Transforming economics appeared first on Blog from the Centre ...

News about our cafe

In September 2016, our cafe was given a zero rating following an inspection. We immediately set about making improvements, acting decisively to address each issue raised. As a result, the cafe has been awarded a level three rating, and we are continuing to work on improving this with a view to gaining a top rating. … Continue reading "News about our cafe" The post News about our cafe appeared first on Blog from the Centre for Alte...