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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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We first visited CAT a long time ago when our children were young, and have vague memories of solar panels and compost loos. While in the area to visit friends we decided to visit... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Seaford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

In an abandoned slate quarry the most amazing resource has been created. Beautiful surroundings of hills and woods and practical ideas to save energy in the home, and the best bit is the water-drawn funicular which takes you up to the top level and gives stunning views over the surrounding countryside.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Very disappointed. This would have been a great place to visit 20 years ago. But now the exhibits are tired or not working and look very dated. We all know how alternative energy works - it's a no-brainer. But they should be looking into and explaining how it can be done cheaply enough for the average family. There is little... More 

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Essex
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We first visited CAT a long time ago when our children were young, and have vague memories of solar panels and compost loos. While in the area to visit friends we decided to visit again. We are now pensioners with solar panels, double glazing and a diesel car that can do more than 55 mpg. We wondered what else we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

aimed seemingly at younger audience. lots of little amusing machines and a nice area for the children to play in . I was disappointed, if you want people to go green and vegan you need to do more than just show how the systems work. Where can I buy and what is the estimated cost , do I need to... More 

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Douglas, Isle of Man
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I like CAT for the way they describe alternative and environmentally responsible technologies in a variety of approachable ways, and to use a business term they make very clear that they 'dog-food' their own product - they use all their skills and alternative approaches to build fascinating examples of low impact buildings. Most of the stuff is aimed towards children... More 

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I visited this place nearly 30 years ago as an A level student and thought it would be an interesting place e to visit with my family and 2 boys (10 , 13). Visited on a V wet day so probably not seeing at its best. Not as many interactive or instructive things as I'd recalled. Kids quite enjoyed turning... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My wife and I visited CAT on the way to Aberdovey. We are interested in alternative technologies and some of the exhibits were very interesting. However, since funding has been withdrawn it has a run-down air so please support this Centre to encourage its activities and research.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I used to go here as a child some 20 years ago so I had some fond memories of the place and was interested in going back. Sadly it seems these days that the people who run it are more interested in their commune and their new training centre than putting on a good set of exhibitions for their paying... More 

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Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We spent about 3 hours here outside school holidays, so there were no activities going on. The site is big and shows a lot of different alternative technologies and how they work. It was interesting to see and nicely set out. What I liked is that the centre goes through the pros and cons of each alternative, I found it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The Centre for Alternative Technology was good, although difficult to get to by bus. It did in many places assume no interest in green technology, which seemed a bit strange. It wasn't as good as I'd hoped but it was still extremely interesting. Most of the attractions seemed to be aimed at children.

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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Wales  >  Powys  >  Machynlleth
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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