Centre for Alternative Technology
The Centre for Alternative Technology aims to inspire, inform and enable people to explore new ways of living.
Visit the CAT website
What makes it special
- Be inspired by the alternative way to live
- Enter CAT in style in the water powered funicular railway
Summer (April to October)
Daily - 10:00 to 17:00
Winter (November to March)
Daily - 10:00 to 16:00
Adult - £8.50
Concession - £7.50 (60+, unemployed, students)
Child (4-16) - £4.00
Other things to do nearby
The quieter area of southern Snowdonia, with fewer tourists, is absolutely beautiful and a great place for walking.
The only permanent exhibition of contemporary Automata in the UK. The interactive models move with a variety of fascinating mechanisms.
There's a training area above Barmouth, known as 'The Slabs'. Local firms offer instructor led courses and equipment hire. The area is suitable for all levels and abilities including the m
Cycle down the coastal roads and round the Dovey estuary. There are loads of minor roads around Borth and into the foothills of Plynlymon Fawr to explore.
YHA Borth is just 20 metres from a four mile beach, so windsurfing, kite surfing and surfing are all available right on the doorstep.
Rise and fall with the countryside on quiet lanes and exciting downhill sprints in this stunning area. Try one of the ride with GPS routes that we've created.
Coed-Y-Brenin is a mountain biking mecca set amongst mountains and forests of southern Snowdonia. There are also fantastic walks, a visitor centre, a high ropes course, and opportunities to
Bring your bikes and visit Nant-yr-Arian for the ultimate mountain biking experience. Try low level for beginners or feel the adrenalin pumping through your body on a more difficult route.
Mountain Biking enthusiasts will have heard all about Coed-y-Brenin. Approx 15 minutes from the hostel and run by the Forestry Commission, it's the mountain bike mecca of Wales. Bike hire
Descend Jacobs ladder and wander through tunnels and chambers. Outside the caverns there's breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay.
The Mawddach trail between Dolgellau and Barmouth is ideal for families who enjoy gentler cycling. Running alongside the estuary, following the route of the old railway, it is totally flat and o