Facilities and Accessibility

Situated in picturesque surroundings, the Centre for Alternative Technology has a broad array of facilities and aims to provide a great experience to all our visitors, regardless of age, ability or background.

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The Centre for Alternative Technology has an array of buildings designed with cutting-edge green technology and designed to minimise environmental impacts.

The WISE building, which holds our Graduate School and can be used as a conference venue, is particularly impressive and has won a number of awards for its design.

Key Features

  • Visitors’ centre and shop open 10am – 4.00pm
  • Vegetarian cafe open 10am – 4.00pm
  • Graduate School and education facilities for short courses and school, university and group visits
  • Free WIFI available across most of the site
  • Free entry for carers
  • Free parking
  • Conference facilities & venue hire – catering and a bar can be provided
  • We have an electric mobility scooter and wheelchairs that can be used free of charge but should be booked in advance. Call 01654 705950 to book
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome to visit for free. They will need to be kept on a short lead. We’ll provide you with a biodegradable dog waste bag upon arrival. They are not allowed in the cafe or in the shop.


If you or others in a party have any needs that aren't obviously catered for, please contact us in advance. We'll be happy to make sure that you get the most out of your visit.

Arriving at CAT

Railway – General access from Easter to the end of October is via our water balanced funicular railway.

When the railway is closed access is via the garden steps (a ten minute walk up fairly steep steps).

Access for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility is available via the lower car park (when the railway is operational) or via the top south car park.

CAT can be accessed easily by public transport. If mobility is an issue, it’s recommended to come via the 34 bus as this stops closer to CAT.

The Site

Most of the site, with the exception of the Quarry trail and around some garden beds, can be accessed by those with limited mobility or in a wheelchair.

Accessible toilets are available on the ground floor and second floor of the WISE building.

Getting to CAT

CAT is situated three miles north of Machynlleth and is easily accessible by public transport. Machynlleth is on the Birmingham-to-Aberystwyth train line, which can be also accessed via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton, and hourly buses from Machynlleth train station stop right outside the site.

Contact us

If you have any questions about accessibility, or are worried that your needs won't be addressed, don't hesitate to contact us so that we can ensure you enjoy your visit to CAT.