Snowdonia Car-free Holiday – Centre for Alternative Technology – Day Four


The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is Europe’s leading eco-centre and is set in seven acres of gardens crammed with interactive displays demonstrating green solutions to environmental problems.

CAT began over 35 years’ ago as an experimental sustainable community and has developed into Snowdonia’s most unique and popular visitor attraction. There are plenty of activities and things to see which will keep all ages entertained throughout your visit. Ride the water-cliff railway, visit the eco-house, relax in the tropical gardens or burn-off some energy in the adventure playground.

Getting there

Centre for Alternative Technology
SY20 9AZ

The nearest railway station is Machynlleth and there are services every two hours on weekdays. For an up-to-date schedule visit National Rail Enquiries. Keep your ticket to take advantage of a 50% discount on the pay-at-the-gate prices. If you arrive by public transport or person-power, you will receive a further £1 off admission.

The Visitor Centre is about three miles north of Machynlleth train station and can be reached by bus with services running every hour Monday to Saturday. Please be aware that there are only four buses on Sunday.

The best day to visit CAT is Wednesday as this is market day in Machynlleth where you can browse the stalls if there is a wait for your bus. If you don’t fancy the market, then consider a visit to the Owain Glyndŵr Centre which is the site of the famous parliament held in 1404 at which Owain was crowned Prince of Wales. The Centre hosts an interactive exhibition documenting Owain’s life. Admission is £2.50 for adults and £1.00 for children and seniors. For further information visit the Centre’s web-site.

Opening Hours

The visitor centre is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Admission charges (2013)

Ticket Type Price
Adults £8.50
Children (5-16) £4
Over 60s £7.50
Under 5s Free


Keep your rail ticket to claim a 50% discount on these gate prices and trim a further £1 by keeping your bus ticket. Discounts are also offered for buying your ticket online.

Contact information

Telephone 01654 705950 or visit CAT’s website.

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