Centre for Alternative Technology
West Wales Holiday Cottages
01239 810033

Centre for Alternative Technology

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Welcome to Europe’s leading Eco Centre

The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a nationally and internationally renowned visitor centre. With over 7 acres of hands-on displays and beautiful organic gardens, CAT inspires thousands of visitors every year. Based in beautiful mid-Wales, the Centre overlooks the Snowdonia National Park, renowned for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities.

CAT is a great place for a family day out. Built in 1973 on an abandoned slate quarry, CAT was originally a community dedicated to eco-friendly principles and was used as a 'test bed' for new ideas and technologies. The Centre generated so much interest that within two years it was opened to the public as a permanent visitor centre dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable lifestyles.

Over the school holidays they offer special guided tours, workshops and children’s activities, so if you’re not sure what to do with your break, CAT is a great place to go for inspiration and fun.

And if you go through Machynlleth, renowned for its market, remember to stop for some delicious food at the Quarry Café. As part of CAT, they offer a range of delicious vegetarian meals and cakes using local, organic and fair-trade ingredients. Best loved organic café in the town!

Visitor feedback:
“A really wonderful place, we’ll take lots of ideas home and will definitely encourage our friends to visit. Thank you for a truly lovely experience.” Magnus, Pollyanne and Oliver, Scotland.

How to find CAT:
3 miles north of Machynlleth on the A487.
01654 705952
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