Centre for Alternative Technology

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

Opening Times

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

Hostels nearby

YHA Kings exterior

YHA Kings

Free parking on premises
YHA Borth exterior

YHA Borth

Meeting rooms
Free parking on premises
Cycle hire

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ

Map references

OS Map: 135

OS Grid Ref: SH755044

Lat/Lng: 52.623738, -3.839396

Contact information

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Sunrise over Snowdonia viewed from the tops

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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.


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YHA Borth is just 20 metres from a four mile beach, so windsurfing, kite surfing and surfing are all available right on the doorstep.


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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.

Lone figure walks along a beautiful woodland track though Coed-y-Brenin

Coed Y Brenin

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mountain biking

Mountain biking in Borth

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 Biker on a track on the tops

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Slate Caverns

Llanfair Slate Caverns

Descend Jacobs ladder and wander through tunnels and chambers. Outside the caverns there's breathtaking views of Cardigan Bay.

Cycles parked by a lake

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