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Centre for Alternative Technology

Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Machynlleth
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Dining, Viewing wildlife
Owner description: One of the world’s most renowned eco-centres, the Centre for Alternative Technology features...
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Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Dining, Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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.

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Mid Wales UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I went with my two grandchildren 6 and 9 and daughter half term week and there was a really good programme of activities for them and there was lots to see and do. Very informative. We had lunch in the restaurant which gave a good choice of hot food, and lovely homemade cakes. The best thing was as we live... More 

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Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Lots to do and see. Great for the more inquisitive child. I liked the range of alternative and healthier food and drink options on offer. Well worth a visit!

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Aberystwyth
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My first visit in ten years and woah this place is amazing. Suitable for visitors of all ages and the information about alternative technology is geared to a wide variety of knowledge bases. There are so many exhibits to interact with, read, see, listen, touch, play with; it's impossible to leave without knowing something new. CAT really lifts the veil... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I had wanted to vistit CAT since its early days but it took nearly forty years before I actually got there. It was a great disappointment. Friends who visited it in the 80s had said how informative it was and how much they learned from their visit; I am afraid I felt the whole place looked very run-down, it was... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

With a life long interest in green building and a career as an environmental consultant, my wife and I travelled a long way to CAT, hoping to find inspiration for the eco-home we hope to build. We expected to see up-to-date dwelling houses on which we could model our new home, but our hopes were not fully realised. There are... More 

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
33 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We arrived an hour and a quarter before closing time, which was early - 4pm (or maybe 4.30). There was very little to tell us what to expect and the entrance fee was quite expensive so we opted not to go any further.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arrived ten minutes before the final time for visitors, and we should have really allowed ourselves more time. However, the friendliness of the staff on reception was not matched by the other staff we met on our visit. perhaps it was the end of a long day and they were tired, but we were not encouraged to spend in... More 

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