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The Centre for Alternative Technology

  • 4.1

  • from 116 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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  • 4.1

  • from 116 Google reviews

Jane Hiscock

4 months ago


CAT is well worth a visit. Extremely interesting for all ages. Lots of Eco information and learning. Great Quarry walk with views over centre. Quite a long climb in places but well worth the effort.

Mimi Villaret

a month ago


The Centre's in a disused slate quarry and is reached by a water-powered vernacular railway. Incredibly useful and informative site but the different routes visitors can take could be more clearly marked. It's easy to wander and get them mixed up. The café/shop was nice and, although the spinach dhal and rice I had for lunch was lovely, it was a mean portion for £7.25 and the little naan bread was a burnt biscuit! Service at checkout needs to be sorted better. Our meals were almost cold by the time we sat down to eat. That said, it was a very enjoyable day and I recommend going to anyone with the slightest interest in sustainability.

jane evans

3 months ago


I loved every minute - from stepping onto the water powered ‘cable’ car, the quarry walk, to the eco buildings and poly tunnels. It still has a ‘hippy’ feel about the place which I hope won’t change.

Kate Baldwin

5 months 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.

h harris

a month ago


Very good for anyone interested in how we might reduce our collective carbon footprints whilst living in attractive buildings and eating well. We were here a morning but there is at least a day’s worth if interested. The staff were very friendly and with infectious enthusiasm. The cafe was good I thought. Nice food, service was excellent and good value. The overall setting is v attractive (it was sunny) and lovely to walk around admiring the planting and clever use of water. What I don’t understand is why CAD hasn’t become a global consultancy as every government, council, developer, property manager etc needs to know this stuff.

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