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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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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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Entertaining and inspiring

Had a very interesting morning wandering around the centre and seeing all the innovations and ideas, with fascinating exhibitions and information regarding he history of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a very interesting morning wandering around the centre and seeing all the innovations and ideas, with fascinating exhibitions and information regarding he history of the development of the centre. The cafe provided a fair choice for lunch at a reasonable price and was staffed by friendly and welcoming servers. ,

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

After a slightly hair raising ride up in the water-powered train you reach the 7 acre site, with lots of sustainability themed exhibits and activities to explore. If you're interested in renewable energy, environmental management, organic gardening, sustainable building, woodland crafts, and much more you will love this place. There is also an excellent gift/book shop, a programme of courses... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited CAT on Tuesday 12 May and so glad we did. There is plenty for adults and children to see and do. Upon arrival, a water-powered railway takes you up to the centre itself, where your exploration begins. There is a shop well stocked with environmental and ethical goods, from gifts, games, toys and books, to toiletries, gardening products... More 

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london
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I visited CAT once before many years ago. The place has progressed a lot since then. I really admire the ethos of the people who run this place and am sorry to see some very negative comments from previous reviews. Some of the exhibits are a little tired but there is a lot to see and learn. Top marks go... More 

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

A few of us made a very deliberate choice to come here - some of us had been before. The concept of CAT is brilliant and the story of its beginning and evolution is fascinating. The method of arrival is brilliant to set the scene on how we could do things differently in everyday life. There are some great exhibits... More 

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Hereford
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We were impressed by what has been created out of a quarry. Educational and easy to navigate, the centre is inspiring in its message and shows what is possible with alternative technology.

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john in Somerset
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This attraction holds so many surprises. It takes you through so many stages and applications for alternative energy,lifestyle changes and many positive ways to improve ones day to day living.The centre offers so much I'm sure you will want to return as one visit will not suffice. To add to your day you must visit the restaurant where you will... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Absolutely amazing, loved this place! Loads to see and read and some really ingenious interpretation, got some great ideas too about things to do at home as well as learning about wider concepts and inventions. Really relaxing atmosphere. Wholefood cafe was delicious!! Great range of really lovely food and drink. Real sense of adventure working your way around (especially starting... More 

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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It was amazing and very interesting if you are interested in learning about alternative technology. I went with my older sister and mum but I enjoyed it a lot too. Children might like it as there are a lot of things to see and do there and the gift shop is brilliant. Highly recommend going,

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We learnt so much from our visit here, went on the free guided tour which was very informative and our guide was really knowledgeable, enjoyed roaming around the grounds and taking our time to explore and read and experiment, has some lovely soup, break and vegan lemon tart with meringue in the cafe, enjoyed the shop and the hydrolic-powered tram... More 

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