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Centre for Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
01654 705952
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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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Rutland
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76 reviews 76 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW

Just dropped in when passing - interesting OLD Eco project. Limited number of volunteers these days so site needed a bit of TLC to remove the undergrowth and tidy it up. Did not learn anything new to improve on our already Carbon neutral home.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Great food, beautiful location, friendly well-informed staff. I had a fantastic 3 day stay at the WISE centre at CAT. Beautiful building, great rooms, lovely food. They accommodated our shifting needs with no fuss (changing meal times, flux in numbers) and were really helpful in delivering on special requests for my 9 month old daughter. We had a very interesting... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great place to discover how you can you improve your house to save your money and energy usage! worth visit if you travel through Wales :)

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was greeted with a warm welcome from the reception staff and had a fun ride on the water balanced railway (though it could do with a lick of paint). Gardens are very beautiful to walk through on a warm summers days and there are some lovely picnic spots (There was a beautiful view of the neighboring hills by the solar... More

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Poole
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a very interesting attractions for all age groups. Loved the cliff lift to the main part and we were fortunate to have this to ourselves. At the top there is level walking to all parts and the café services delicious food. The exhibits and displays were interesting and some you could participate in. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Great for individuals and families and all ages, even enjoyed a visit in the rain today! So interesting and inspiring. Make you want to come home and install solar panels, garden wind turbine and fill your walls with sheep wool insulation, whilst planning your organic garden! Staff friendy, informed and enthusiastic. If you gift aid your entry fee (£8.50 for... More

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Dolgellau, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A very pretty place to visit, lots of lovely wood framed buildings, ponds and wild flowers etc. (even some tadpoles!) The children enjoyed the water powered train to get up the hill, as well as a few of the other displays such as the bike you could pedal to light a bulb and the mole hole. However, other than that... More

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Oswaldtwistle Lancs
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Really liked the idea it was getting across and the grounds themselves are beautiful but the admission price is a little on the high side for what you get. Considering how much it cost to visit, we were both surprised at how many areas were off limits to guests.

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Gwent
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

Daylight robbery, £16 for two. A run down waste of time. The only good bit is the water balanced carriage which takes you up to the centre. Hoped for so much more. Sorry but it's rubbish.

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Nashville, Tennessee
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We read the reviews prior to visiting so didn't really know what to expect. The place was fantastic; we walked around the very informative visitor centre for about 3 hours but could have stayed longer. If you are expecting shiny and corporate, forget it; this charity based organization is about the realistic presentation of information and is operated by very... More

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