How to get to CAT
Have a look at Traveline Cymru for more information about using public transport in Wales.
If you own a dog, please note when planning a trip that we only allow Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs onto our visitor centre. You can read more about this here.
Machynlleth is on the Birmingham-to-Aberystwyth train line, which can be also accessed via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. This line is served by Arriva Wales trains.
Groups of 10+ can get 25% off travel costs via the Arriva Trains Wales booking line 0870 9000 773.
The Visitor Centre is about three miles north of the Machynlleth train station, so you can continue your journey by bus, taxi, bicycle or on foot.
Buses travel from Machynlleth to CAT approximately every hour from Monday to Saturday. There are less frequent services on Sundays, with four buses a day. In Machynlleth you can catch the bus beside the clock tower in the centre of town or next to the train station. From the main entrance to the train station turn right and continue down the slope to the main road. The bus stop is located on the opposite side of the road in front of the Lloyds bus depot.
Sometimes there is a substantial wait between connecting trains and buses. If you find you need to wait a while, you could pop into the centre of Machynlleth (5 minutes walk from the train station) and keep yourself entertained in the wide variety of shops, pubs and cafes the town has to offer - amongst them, the Quarry Cafe and Dyfi Wholefoods provide the local community with delicious wholefood meals and produce. When you're ready, you can take the bus up to CAT from the clock tower in the town centre.
Lloyds Coaches have several routes (34, X27 and T2) which service CAT. The number 34 service passes the closest to CAT (drop off is a few yards from our car park) while the others stop by in the nearby village of Pantperthog, ten minutes walk from the entrance. To avoid walking along the main road, look for the footpath across the road from the bus stop.
The Dyfi Valley Travel Guide has information on local train and bus services.
By bike or on foot
Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via the rail station, right up to the entrance of the CAT Visitor Centre. This is a very pleasant, albeit a little hilly, route. The journey takes less than half an hour by bike and about an hour on foot.
As you leave the station's main entrance turn right to reach the main road and right again under the railway bridge. Proceed along the path on the left hand side of the road. As you near the Dyfi river bridge, cross over the road again and continue through the gates and alongside the riverbank until you reach the footbridge on the left hand side. Cross over the footbridge and continue through the gate and along the pathway until you reach the white cottage. Turn right onto the minor road and continue downhill across the stream. Take the first left immediately after the bridge (there is a sign to CAT here), and continue along this lane for approximately two miles. CAT Visitor Centre is clearly signposted on arrival.
Cycle parking is available on site and bikes are available for hire in the town centre.
For other public transport options, have a look at Traveline.
For a taxi to or from the Visitor Centre call Peter's Taxis (01654) 749065 or 07969997039 or email:
. CAT has a special deal with Peter's Taxis that means when anyone takes a cab and quotes the 'password' 'peter's cat' (or expresses knowledge of the partnership) 10% of the fare will be donated to CAT. Eligible journeys are either to or from CAT only.
The Visitor Centre is located north of Machynlleth just off the A487 towards Dolgellau. It is clearly signposted from the main road. Car parking is available on site. If you would like to share your journey either by getting or giving someone a lift, visit www.liftshare.com
If you have a plug-in electric car, then you can charge it up at CAT.
Centre for Alternative Technology, Llwyngwern Quarry, Pantperthog, Machynlleth, SY20 9AZ
Coming up! Grand opening of CAT's Quarry Trail - 24th October. More details coming soon...