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Centre for Alternative Technology

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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Bedford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Mid Wales UK
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9 reviews 9 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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149 reviews 149 reviews
37 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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