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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
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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Great day out, beautiful setting, vegan-options in cafe

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Sabstar-in-Manc
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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 NEW

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 NEW

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
50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It would be hard to find a visitor attraction as bad as this charging such rediclous prices, staff should be waring masks. You realy dont know how bad it is untill you have parted with your money otherwise i would not have payed. Words fail me!

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This place is not a visitor attraction by any stretch of the imagination there is nothing to see or do and is extremely run down bordering on dangerous. As far as I could tell the site has nothing to offer on the issue of sustainablity the ideas they present on slips of paper are extremely outdated. It is as though... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This place is pretty neglected and run down - shameful to charge £8.50 for such a shambles. Few of the alt energy exhibits worked - the only thing of interest were the museum pieces on the history of the site (which is amazing). The place would have been awesome in 1995, or whenever it was that they last spent some... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

After reading the very mixed reviews, we decided to pop along anyway. I would say this is somewhere to spend 1-2 hours. We were fortunate enough to visit in lovely weather, I don't think it would be an very pleasant experience in cold/wet weather as most attractions are outside. The cliff railway was definitely the highlight for me. The rest... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This place is shockingly bad. Grubby and faded. Almost everything here is out of date or broken. None of the supposed interactive "attractions" work correctly. The information on show is sketchy and very uninformative, and the whole place has the sad feel of something which was once loved, but is now neglected and left to decay. We spent about two... More 

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