Centre for Alternative Technology

Attractions, Accommodation, Self Catering in Machynlleth

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Centre for Alternative Technology


Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that researches and supports greener ways of living. With seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible building, renewable energy, organic gardens and family holiday activities, there is something for everyone at CAT. Follow CAT’s interactive Zero Carbon Britain Trail to explore what an environmentally friendly world with reduced emissions will look like or pull on your boots and stomp up through the CAT woodland to discover breath-taking views of the Snowdonia National Park from the Quarry Trail. New for 2018 – explore the new CAT garden displays and discover what you can do to make yours wildlife friendly whilst ensuring a good crop of vegetables. Inspired to learn more about sustainability? CAT offers a wide range of exciting and informative short courses that explore subjects from eco-crafts to environmental building and renewable energy.


“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology, toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.” E.F Schumacher.

Beautiful indeed is the setting, in which The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is situated, a haven of greenery: the Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales is a world-renowned eco centre. What was once a Welsh slate quarry is now a concealed world of stunning organic gardens, experimental green buildings and sustainably managed woodland habitats, just waiting to be discovered. CAT has been engaging and inspiring visitors for over 40 years, and with its green feet firmly on the ground, its reach is limitless. Suitable for all ages, little ones get to learn as they play, with an eco-adventure playground, family-friendly trails and scavenger hunts plus many more attractions. A day spent at the awesome CAT, can gently guide us on our own journey towards reducing carbon emissions.


“I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” J.R.R Tolkien.

To tread lightly upon this earth, whilst taking giant steps forward for change, is the goal for the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). This haven of flora and fauna, is set in the stunning UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales; a world-renowned eco centre that researches, and shows us how to live in a greener world. CAT also offers a variety of B&B accommodation for those who wish to stay awhile in this green and pleasant land. Amidst stunning woodland, and green velvet valleys, relax in 4-star eco-friendly buildings, and indulge in the freshly prepared, fully vegetarian and vegan menu.

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Contact Us

Llwyngwern Quarry Pantperthog ,
Machynlleth, Powys , SY20 9AZ

01654 705957






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