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Centre for Alternative Technology


Nestled in the hillsides of Southern Snowdonia is one of the world’s most renowned eco-centres, featuring interactive displays and practical examples of sustainable living, renewable energy and organic gardening.

The Centre for Alternative Technology takes a refreshingly positive look at environmental issues and offers practical solutions to help us lessen our impact on the environment. On arrival, visitors ascend 180ft (60m) via a remarkable cliff railway - powered entirely by water. You can sit back and take in the magnificent mountain vista before exploring the inspiring array of exhibits.

The seven-acre display site, includes exciting interactive displays that demonstrate the incredible power of wind, water and sun and has working examples of environmentally friendly buildings, energy conservation, organic growing and waste management.

The Centre is a great place for children too, packed full things to keep little hands and feet busy for hours. There is a special programme of holiday activities which are both fun and educational.

Off-peak there is an air of tranquillity, the perfect time to enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna that flourishes around the site, to take a stroll around the fascinating organic gardens or enjoy a leisurely meal in the wholefood restaurant.

You can buy tickets in advance on our website or at the Centre on the day of your visit.
 
Centre for Alternative Technology Address:
Centre for Alternative Technology
Machynlleth
Powys
SY20 9AZ
Wales, UK

Centre for Alternative Technology Opening Times:
The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week, year round, except for 2 short winter breaks*

24th March to 27th October, 10.00am - 5.30pm
School summer holidays 21st July to 2nd September, 9.30am - 6.00pm
28th October to Easter 2008 10.00am - dusk

The cliff railway operates: 24th March to 2nd November

Last entry one hour before closing time
The restaurant closes half an hour before the visitor centre
*The Visitor Centre is open during the winter but will be closed from 22nd to 27th December 2007 and 3rd to 13th January 2008 inclusive

Children's activities are available in the school holidays – check website or contact CAT for details

Centre for Alternative Technology Admission:
Adult £8.00
Child (5 to 15 years) £4.00
Concessions £7.00
Child (under 5) Free

Groups of 15 people or more £1.00 off the adult or concessionary price; children £4.00
See the Education section for special rates for educational groups.=
Arrive by bus or bike £1.00 off normal entry price

Season tickets - valid one year from date of purchase
Adult £20.00
Concession £17.50
Child (up to 16 years) £10.00
Child (under 5 years) Free

Winter (3rd November 2007 - 31st Dec 2007):
Adult £6.00
Child £4.00
Concessions £5.00

T   +44 (0)1654 705950

F   +44 (0)1654 702782
 

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