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Centre for Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
01654 705952
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Machynlleth
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Activities: Dining, Viewing wildlife
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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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
1 review
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 There is no useful alternative technology to see and the technology that is there is outdated and the very brief descriptions given are patronisingly simple.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
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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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
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130 reviews 130 reviews
26 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 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
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
87 reviews 87 reviews
33 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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Hockley Heath, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This place has a great message to get across, and I'm sympathetic to its aims. but I'm also a professional in the energy industry and some of the 'facts' on display are just plain wrong. I don't think this helps the cause. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed most of what we saw on a short visit. some of the gardening and... More

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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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