Centre for Alternative TechnologyDolgellau, Snowdonia
Centre for Alternative Technology, Snowdonia, North Wales
With 7 acres of open-air displays including some very unique gardens, the centre for Alternative Technology (or CAT as it’s commonly known) is a place where you and the family can spend the whole day exploring all there is to see and do. With many hands-on interactive displays alongside the array of unusual gardens, CAT is the perfect place to head to for a fantastic day out. With open space to enjoy and an emphasis on caring for our planet, time spent here is educational but never dull!
Overlooking the Snowdonia National Park, the backdrop of this remarkable sustainable centre is truly breathtaking. A superb spot to come and learn more about how we can all be more sustainable. With interactive and hands-on displays, a play area and plenty of open space to enjoy - all ages will love a day out at these glorious gardens and creative centre!
Excitingly during the summer, you access the visitor's centre via a water-balanced cliff railway - all adds to the adventure of CAT! The visitor's centre brimming with information and staff on hand for home advice about becoming more energy efficient. A working ‘Eco house’ gives you the opportunity to wander a unique environmentally responsible property and see what you could maybe pick up ideas for your own home.
The gardens here are magnificent, and most definitely described as diverse! From organic vegetable gardens to urban gardens; polytunnels to solar dome glass houses there will be things you have never seen before.
Do you want to know the best thing - it provides plenty of ideas for your own garden haven at home, and how to improve its carbon footprint. With plenty of renewable energy ideas throughout the overall site, the gardens also follow suit! Low maintenance and achievable there is a chance to see compost displays, hobby allotments and vegetable fields.
All in all a fantastic experience even for those who aren't necessarily ‘green fingered’! A home garden, mole hole, woodland walk and wildlife garden along with soil displays also are featured -it’s a real garden gem.
Overall, CAT is a wonderful attraction that is not only educational but a whole load of fun for all the family!
March - end of October 2018
Visitor centre open daily: 10am - 5pm
Cafe daily: 10am - 4:30pm
Phone number: 01654 705950
Picnic tables around the site.
Free parking on site.
In the summer months, access to the visitor centre is via CAT's water-balanced cliff railway (carriages are adapted to receive wheelchairs). There is a short low-gradient ramp to access the reception and railway. During the winter, the railway is closed and access is via the Garden Steps. This is a stepped pathway, which takes about 10 minutes to walk, passing the eco-cabins, vegetable fields and shop. Parking is provided near the visitor circuit at the top of the South Drive for those who are unable to walk up.
Not all paths are fully accessible. The Garden Steps and Woodland Walk leading from the lower car park to the Visitor Centre are not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. All the buildings have ramped or level access with doors, entrances and corridors wide enough for a wheelchair. We have electric mobility scooters and a wheelchair, either of which can be hired free of charge by calling 01654 705993 in advance of your visit.
No - Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs are permitted onto our Visitor Centre.
Other useful info
Enjoy a 10% discount when you buy your ticket online.
They offer free entry to the Visitor Centre for carers.
Become a CAT member and get unlimited free entry to CAT during the visitor season plus many other benefits, including our inspiring Clean Slate magazine, which is full of practical tips and information on sustainable living.
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