Covid-19 - You can now use buses and trains for leisure travel, but please check current advice before travelling.

Car-free offer: 20% off entry *

How to get toCentre for Alternative Technologycar-free

COVID-19 advice

CAT is open again from 19 August, for visits booked via website.

Please follow current advice about using public transport. Cyclists welcome – plan your route here.

Step-by-step directions

Please check current advice before travelling

How to get to Centre for Alternative Technology car-free:

Trains run direct to Machynlleth from Birmingham, Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth every two hours.

Train times and tickets

It's a 2-minute walk to the bus depot outside the station - see map

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Bus 34 and bus T2 both run every couple of hours from the bus depot (and Machynlleth Clock) to CAT. The journey takes about 7 minutes.

  • Bus times from:
    Machynlleth bus depot

It's a 10-minute walk to CAT from the bus stop, via footpath and lane - see map. Or the 34 bus stops by the entrance to CAT - ask the driver.

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Bus T2 also runs to CAT from Aberystwyth, Dolgellau, Porthmadog, Caernarfon & Bangor every two hours – and it’s free at weekends!

  • Bus times from:
    Bus T2

About Centre for Alternative Technology

An inspiring world of green living, with hands-on displays, beautiful organic gardens and vegetarian cafe set in a former slate quarry in the Welsh mountains. Free guided tours daily throughout the season.

CAT is a great place for the kids! Run off extra energy in the eco-adventure playground. Plus family-friendly trails and scavenger hunts and daily family activities in the school holidays. And for adults, CAT also offers a series of day and residential short courses explore everything from woodland management to renewable energy.

  • County: Powys
  • Address: CAT, Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ
  • Refreshments: Vegetarian cafe
  • * Car-free offer: 20% off with train/bus ticket or bike
  • Children playing at The Centre for Alternative Technology

Plan your door-to-door journey

Please check current advice before travelling

Reverse Route

About Centre for Alternative Technology

An inspiring world of green living, with hands-on displays, beautiful organic gardens and vegetarian cafe set in a former slate quarry in the Welsh mountains. Free guided tours daily throughout the season.

CAT is a great place for the kids! Run off extra energy in the eco-adventure playground. Plus family-friendly trails and scavenger hunts and daily family activities in the school holidays. And for adults, CAT also offers a series of day and residential short courses explore everything from woodland management to renewable energy.

  • County: Powys
  • Address: CAT, Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ
  • Refreshments: Vegetarian cafe
  • * Car-free offer: 20% off with train/bus ticket or bike
  • Children playing at The Centre for Alternative Technology
Bike routes

National Route 8 runs right past CAT – on it’s long and hilly journey up Wales. You can bring your bike on the train and cycle from Machynlleth station to CAT in about half an hour – here’s the route.

Taxi numbers

A taxi from Machynlleth to CAT costs around £6 from Peter’s 01654 749065, Mach 01654 702048 or Lloyd’s 01654 702100.

 

Handy Tips

A group of 3 or more can save 25% on the train with a Small Group Day Ticket.

The T2 bus is free for everyone at weekends.

Look out for the Good Journey Mark – where car-free visitors are welcome and enjoy a discount

Visit car-free in 2020!