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, shop and vegetarian cafe, open 10am – 4.30pm
  • 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
  • Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome on site, although we can’t currently have other dogs on the site

Accessiblity

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

Wheelchair access is via the lower car park and railway. Alternatively, during the winter months, when the railway is closed, wheelchair access is via the 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.

Railway – Access from Easter to the end of October is via our water balance funicular railway.

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.