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Centre for Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
01654 705952
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Ranked #7 of 10 Attractions in Machynlleth
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Dining, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the world’s most renowned eco-centres, the Centre for Alternative Technology features interactive displays and practical examples of... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The place looked very run down in most areas although the canteen was newly refurbished but the whole place overall seemed unloved.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Having read about the centre over the years was looking forward to our visit Helpful staff as I took my less mobile 97 yr old father The restaurant is aldo good value Sadly the place looks a bit run down and neglected I assume many exhibits are from a while back they show the ideas but look on their last... More

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I visited the Centre for Alternative technology (CAT) for a training before going off to Asia as a volunteer in 1987. That is more than 27 years ago and only a decade or so after its start. I greatly enjoyed being there at the time, and surely my professional choices have been influenced by the philosophy of the place. I... More

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Smethwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We read quite a few reviews before coming, focussing on the negative reviews - of which there seemed to be quite a few. We were determined to come, so we took the average of 3.5 to be a good sign. We were welcomed in such a wonderful way by the staff at the entrance, and had a really fun ride... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

An awesome place to be more connected with nature. Different points where you can learn a lot more of environment and how to be more environmentaly friendly with your actions. I loved the garden and the food in the restaurant. Definetely a place to visit. Perfect for kids too because there are a lot of children activities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We went here on a wet day out in August. There is certainly plenty to do for 3 boys (one autistic), with lots of hands-on exhibits. There is also plenty of information about energy use and climate change. There are places to eat a packed lunch, even if it is raining. Well worth a visit.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is an experience and an education, not a working museum. Our grandson loved it (aged 11), and somehow it does get its message across. However, I got the feeling it concentrates more on education and training and as an advice centre, than as a tourist attraction. The 'out of the machine' coffee in the cafe is an anomaly and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We spent 3 to 4 hours here and really enjoyed ourselves. There are plenty of learning experiences as you go around, my 12 year old son loved it. Some areas looked a bit tired and could do with updating but on the whole it is well presented. There is a small adventure playground, a cafe which seemed to have vegetarian... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We spent around 3 hours at CAT, some really interesting info but disappointed not to take away more ideas for 'green living' at home. Definitely worth a visit & not reliant on the weather too much, so if you do have a rainy day in Wales (haha) I would recommend a trip here :)

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Eastbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The centre is 40 years old now and doesnt ram down your throat the ethics that go with sustainable living. Using hands on examples and uptodate information you are shown a wide variety of alternatives to our consumerable lifestyles. Set in the most incredible countryside. 10/10 for the experience. Well done CAT and Happy Birthday

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