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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

The new bamboo: researching durable emergency shelters

With extreme weather events increasingly in frequency and intensity, it’s vital that we provide adequate shelter for vulnerable and displaced people. CAT graduate Maria del Mar Rodriguez Yebra explores the use of bamboo in emergency shelters. I first discovered bamboo vernacular architecture on a trip to South-East Asia in 2010. In the small villages of … Continue reading "The new bamboo: researching durable emergency shelters" The pos...

Highest praise for CAT in Higher Education

We’re pleased to announce that CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment has received a positive rating for its teaching standards from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the university equivalent of Ofsted. The QAA carried out a thorough review of the Graduate School’s academic standards and student learning opportunities in late 2017 and has … Continue reading "Highest praise for CAT in Higher Education" The...

CAT inspires Hong Kong Eco Centre

A group working to establish the first ever eco centre in Hong Kong is looking to CAT for inspiration and advice. Hong Kong’s longest established charitable organisation, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals is one of the city’s leading pioneers in the medical, education and social welfare sectors. With backing from the Hong Kong Government, … Continue reading "CAT inspires Hong Kong Eco Centre" The post CAT inspires Hong Kong Eco Centre...

An Amazing Space at the Centre for Alternative Technology

On Tuesday evening a new amazing space at CAT was revealed on Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. Built over 24 hours on one of the most rain-swept days of the year, the beautiful new structure links into the 600-year-old Welsh legend of ‘ty unnos’, or ‘house in a night’, whereby if you could build … Continue reading "An Amazing Space at the Centre for Alternative Technology" The post An Amazing Space at the Centre for Alter...

Bee Week – May Half Term at CAT

During May half term, we will be exploring the wonderful world of the bee! Bees are incredibly important in maintaining all the wonderful habitats and environments that we know and love. Come and learn all about how you can help bees and other insects in your own garden. The CAT team will be running a … Continue reading "Bee Week – May Half Term at CAT" The post Bee Week – May Half Term at CAT appeared first on Blog from the Cent...