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Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology

Centre for Alternative Technology


Llwyngwern Quarry,
SY20 9AZ



Recently featured on BBC Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Mid Wales is launching a series of brand new bookable visitor experiences. Join expert tutors and delve into a range of different topics, all with a big focus on celebrating the natural world, including gardening for nature, becoming a nature detective, moth night’s and more.


A fun-packed adventure on the wild side for the whole family.

Have you ever wondered what creepy crawlies call your garden home or what furry friends scurry outside your window at night? Finding out who your wildlife neighbours are is a tricky business! Lucky for you, CAT’s expert team are on hand for an exciting day of wildlife exploring.

With loads of great ideas to practice at home and plenty of new skills to learn, you’ll finish the day at CAT a true nature detective!

DATES (2021):
22 May, 29 May, 5 June, 26 June, 24 July, 31 July, 7 Aug, 14 Aug

PRICE: Adult – £35, Child – £20
Suitable for children aged 6 years and up.



Calling all nature loving gardeners.

We’re offering a fantastic day of exploring wildlife gardening with CAT’s expert gardens team, packed full of essential knowledge to help wildlife thrive in your garden at home.

Lay the foundations to your wildlife gardening knowledge and explore what you can do in your own garden to help nature flourish on this exciting day out in the CAT gardens.

DATES (2021):
29 May, 2 June, 21 July, 14 Aug, 4 Sept

PRICE: Adult – £60, Child under 16 – £30
This day is brilliant for adults of all ages and older children (14 and up) with a love of gardening and nature.



Moth traps and bat detectors. What more could you want from an evening at CAT?

CAT’s visitor centre and surrounding woodland is home to an amazing number of species of moth and there are several active bat roosts close by. What an excellent recipe for a night of nature! Grab a bat detector and moth ID book and have a great time.

Moth nights start at 8pm and continue until midnight. Your ticket includes a drink (beer, cider, soft drinks). Bring a torch and plenty of warm/waterproof clothing!

DATES (2021):
19 June, 11 Aug, 25 Sept, 9 Oct

PRICE: Adult – £15, Child under 16 – £5
This day is brilliant for adults of all ages and older children (14 and up) with a love of birds and nature.



Discover the world of birds at CAT on a fascinating and knowledge packed day.

Become more familiar with a number of our favourite bird species and explore ways of helping them thrive in this knowledge-packed day out with CAT’s ecology team. You’ll explore everything from bird language and habitats to how you can support birds and other wildlife to thrive in your own garden.

DATES (2021):
12 June, 17 July

PRICE: Adult – £60, Child under 16 – £30
This day is brilliant for adults of all ages and older children (14 and up) with a love of birds and nature.



Type: Eco Experience Days

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityElectric car charging point

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility Facilities

Opening details

Various times - please pre-book your place in advance


Centre for Alternative Technology


Llwyngwern Quarry,
SY20 9AZ

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Centre For Alternative Technology using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 755044  Lat: 52.62305 Long: -3.84062


CAT is currently open for pre-booked tickets only. To book, please visit www.cat.org.uk/book

The Centre for Alternative technology is ideally situated right in the heart of Mid Wales, just two hours by train from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station.

CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

By Public Transport
Travel Planner - https://www.traveline.cymru/

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth

By Car:
Free car parking at Visitor Centre.
EV Car Charging point: Free to Cat Visitors - notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Machynlleth station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 30
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


There is disabled parking at the top of both driveways. Please don't hesitate to call us on 01654 705989 for more information.

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