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The Centre for Alternative Technology

  • 4

  • from 106 Google reviews

About the garden

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 buildings, renewable energy, organically managed gardens and family holiday activities, there is something for everyone at CAT.

Opening times

Summer Season (April – October): 10am – 5pm, Mon-Sun Winter Season (November – March): 10am – 4pm, Mon-Sun Closed between Christmas & New Year

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Powys, SY20 9AZ

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Google reviews

  • 4

  • from 106 Google reviews

Donna Kendall

3 weeks ago


Totally worth a visit! Really educational and fun at the same time. Reasonable priced and can stay all day. Dog friendly too. So much to see and picked up some great tips along the way. Great for kids who love science my boys didn’t want to leave. Recommend to family and friends and will be be back again. This place is ahead of it’s time!

Kate Baldwin

3 weeks ago


Great value for money, had a really enjoyable few hours here. Definitely check out the quarry trail, amazing views! Cafe options were limited so if you have a fussy child would suggest taking lunch. Loved that this was dog friendly and all staff were welcoming.

Janine Massey

4 weeks ago


Lovely place. A good and interesting day out. All the staff were friendly that we interacted with. Our only suggestion is that it would have been nice to have seen more staff around the key points along the trail to answer questions or to tell us more about the types of innovative things we can try at home. I feel this would also interest any younger guests and encourage them more once they got home.

Andy Weeds

a month ago


After reading reviews, we had low expectations. It does deal with the climate issues, in fact that seems to be a core value. Thought provoking, some ideas we can use at home. We did the walk around the site which was beautiful. Only thing we think (we were a group of 4 adults) was that the entrance needs to be smarter to give a better first impression.

Claire Lewis

8 months ago


If I could give this no stars I would! I went 20 years ago on a school trip so I thought I would take the kids thinking it would be updated and unfortunately nothing has changed. The hands-on activities are older than that and as a result they don't work. There has been no progression or updating and the play area is a H & S nightmare! We paid more than £40 to get in and we were out less than an hour later...the highlight for the kids being the cliff railway to access the centre.

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