Centre For Alternative Technology | Group Visits

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CAT is open for courses, special events, group visits and Graduate School of the Environment students, but is unfortunately not currently open to day visitors.

Nestled in the stunning UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales, The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that demonstrates practical solutions for a sustainable future. Discover a hidden world, packed full of working examples of renewable energy, beautiful organic gardens, experimental green buildings and sustainably managed woodland habitats.

Whether you’re coming with a school, college or university, as a team away day, or as a community group that’s working to create change, CAT is the perfect place to visit as a group.

CAT is fully equipped for a unique and inspiring group visit – with 24 acres of gardens, woodlands and displays and experts in a wide variety of sustainable solutions. Choose from a range of workshops, talks and tours, which we can tailor to suit your group.

–   Britain’s leading eco-centre

–   On-site 4* group accommodation 

–   Full catering packages available from CAT's fully vegetarian cafe

–   Free entry for coach drivers/tour guides

–   Free car or coach parking

–   Dedicated group visits team

–   Fully accessible visitor centre, conference facilities and accommodation.

Find out more at www.cat.org.uk.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.50 per adult
Child (4 -16 years)£3.50 per child
Concession£7.50 per concession

Under 4s free | All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Students, people over 60 years and unemployed people_

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Mobility Scooter Hire
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Advance booking essential
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality

Parking

  • EV Charging
  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Telephone (public)

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Suitability

  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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. 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.

Accessible by Public Transport: Machynlleth station is 3 miles away.

Public Transport Directions

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

Centre For Alternative Technology | Group Visits

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Centre for Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

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Opening Times

* Open 10am – 5pm with last entry is between 3.30 and 4.00pm.

Awards

  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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