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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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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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A lot to take in

Once going up the cliff train theres plenty to do. There's lots of buildings with lots of activities and information. Theres lots of interactive actives around the site that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I came here over 30 years ago. I came back with my children and it was their turn to be impressed and challenged and inspired. My 12 year old now wants to make a solar panel like his grandfather did, with pipes and black paint!

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Once going up the cliff train theres plenty to do. There's lots of buildings with lots of activities and information. Theres lots of interactive actives around the site that the kids love to use however some are a bit sluggish. The cafe serves great food with friendly staff on hand. Outside of the cafe theres a nice play area for... More 

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Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Not been here for a long time so we really enjoyed all the interesting displays etc. Lots to do for the grandchildren, and parents and grandparents enjoyed the information. Well worth a visit. Ate in the restaurant too, it was very good.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyable day out with lots for the children to do and also a lot of interesting facts and sights

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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Had a great day out, in very beautiful surroundings. CAT is very educational and inspiring for both adults and kids. My family enjoyed the many hands on activities that got everyone involved. My son was fascinated by the concept of the cliff railway being water powered. My older son enjoyed completing the trail but was disappointed that he didn't win... More 

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had a good day out at the Centre for Alternative Technology. My son enjoyed the wood turning, and there is a fair amount to do with the kids. It wasn't my cup of tea to be honest, hence 3*s. Cafe assumed you were vegetarian, which was a shame. Everyone very happy and friendly though. Won't be rushing back, but... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I went to C.A.T last month and it was fantastic ! There's so much to do and to learn! I really enjoyed myself and the food was delicious !!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

visited whilst on holiday nearby, very friendly staff and welcome, and great home made food in restaurant . learnt lots too !

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Had a great morning out with my wife and 11yr old daughter. Very interesting place, fairly quiet and peaceful, nice cakes at the cafe. Don't expect a theme park! This place has a great educational theme, although some of the hands on exhibits are a little tired. The gardens are not perfect manicured for a reason. The plants are all... More 

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I understand the principles behind the place and the reasons it was set up. The commune as a whole was very peaceful and for the right people this can be a fantastic place to visit. However for the money that we paid we were quite disappointed. Half of the interactive displays were broken and were in serious need of updating.... More 

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