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The Centre for Alternative Technology

  • 4.1

  • from 121 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Powys, SY20 9AZ

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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 121 Google reviews


3 months ago


A very informative place to visit, the history of the area, the walks and how new technologies are paving the way to help fight climatic changes within the environment. Activities for young and old to enjoy, learn and experience. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Cafe on site, could be deemed expensive but everything made is fresh, it's wholesome and quality. The smell is delightful as you walk around too. All food is vegetarian or vegan.

Ahmad Faisal Muhibzada

3 months ago


I cannot understate how incredibly impressed I was during my visit to the CAT centre. Everything was a dream. The staff were all so lovely and welcoming, the accommodation is beautiful and relaxing, the food is flavourful and filling and I was able to learn so much. The work they do is very innovative and definitely worth checking out. I would highly recommend visiting.

Jane Hiscock

8 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

5 months 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

7 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.

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