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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Activities: Dining, Viewing wildlife
Description: One of the world’s most renowned eco-centres, the Centre for Alternative...
One of the world’s most renowned eco-centres, the Centre for Alternative Technology features interactive displays and practical examples of sustainable living, renewable energy and organic gardening. Nestled in the foothills of Southern Snowdonia, it’s a not to be missed attraction.As well its inspiring array of exhibits, CAT has a delicious wholefood restaurant, a green bookshop and beautiful organic gardens. Something to see for the all family.
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needs a bot of money spent on it to bring it up to date

Had a lovely day but it need a little more money spent on it to make it worth a second visit - not enough to keep the family amused.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Karen M
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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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West Wales
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11 reviews 11 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Loads of stuff for all ages to play/learn & enjoy.The small children had space to be independent with lots of little diversionary places to investigate. Shop & café friendly without any pushy sales techniques. Great place for a day out.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Since becoming a student in West Wales in 2010, I've been wanting to visit CAT Unfortunately, poor transport links from my university town meant that I could never make a good push towards actually seeing the place. I finally got to visit today and I was no disappointed at all. In fact, I'm a little surprised at the bad reviews... More 

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Carcassonne, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the centre again after 30 years and it didn't fail to impress & inspire us , despite a dull grey March day - the gardens must be wonderful in the summer… The staff were very welcoming, kind & friendly, the food terrific ( especially the marvellous chef's innovative carrot salad) and the exhibitions & shop quite overwhelming !... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Really once you have paid your £6.50 entrance fee and you have climbed the summit of the slate tip in the dilapidated cliff railway you might as well cut your losses turn around and go back home again because this is what you will do in 5 minuets time when you discover the site has absolutely nothing to offer. On... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

I have always wanted to come since I saw this place on a video at school, and then on the way to Pembrokeshire realised I could go and visit it at last. I enjoy sustainable changes and sustainable ideas for living so this place was perfect. It combined that. My love for science and for being practical. I really enjoyed... More 

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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Had a lovely day but it need a little more money spent on it to make it worth a second visit - not enough to keep the family amused.

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Manchester
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15 reviews 15 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I have been visiting CAT since we decided to move to the area back in 2011 and bought a house to eco renovate. I have two young kids and they have been there every summer holiday and half term and I have to say they love it. I know a fair bit about sustainable buildings so let's try and weigh... More 

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place to study but it needs some funding to bring it up into the 21st century. School of Architecture self Build projects are around the site but, sadly, some of these have not been maintained. There is obviously a lack of funding for this very worthwhile facility. Our daughter has spent a very happy time there studying for her... More 

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Bolsover, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Not impressed I'm afraid. We got the impression that it had, once upon a time, been a worthwhile interesting and informative attraction. Unfortunately it would appear that very little maintenance has been done since those early days and, perhaps the weather didn't help, but we found it rather depressing. Some of the 'hands on' exhibits/activities provided entertainment but again were... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I'd read the poor reviews and was hoping they were wrong - they aren't. This is a waste of time and money. There is no useful alternative technology to see and the technology that is there is outdated and the very brief descriptions given are patronisingly simple. We're building a house and hoped for ideas and even inspiration but there... More 

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