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Centre for Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
01654 705952
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Ranked #8 of 10 attractions in Machynlleth
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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Kent
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a super visit for there is plenty to interest all from the crack scientist to the modest gardener. You go up in a comfortable cable car and you need to get your skates on to cover everything for it is a vast semi-rural site. I spent most of the day there and still didn't see the lot.. Children... More

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Palm Springs, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This has to be one of the most interesting visits we made on our holiday, the water powered lift is amazing. There is a wealth of different exhibitions to engage the mind. Try the restaurant at the top, the quality of the homemade vegetarian food is exemplary, best we had. Try to get a tour around the WISE buildings, we... More

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Wales
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Great morning out with our toddler. He loved exploring the place whilst we read up on the new additions. Our dog had to stay in car as not allowed on site due to ground nesting birds (fair enough). Staff all very friendly & helpful. A joy to visit.

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Rutland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

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

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
42 helpful votes 42 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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