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Centre for Alternative Technology

Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
01654 705952
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Ranked #7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

An awesome place to be more connected with nature. Different points where you can learn a lot more of environment and how to be more environmentaly friendly with your actions. I loved the garden and the food in the restaurant. Definetely a place to visit. Perfect for kids too because there are a lot of children activities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We went here on a wet day out in August. There is certainly plenty to do for 3 boys (one autistic), with lots of hands-on exhibits. There is also plenty of information about energy use and climate change. There are places to eat a packed lunch, even if it is raining. Well worth a visit.

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is an experience and an education, not a working museum. Our grandson loved it (aged 11), and somehow it does get its message across. However, I got the feeling it concentrates more on education and training and as an advice centre, than as a tourist attraction. The 'out of the machine' coffee in the cafe is an anomaly and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We spent 3 to 4 hours here and really enjoyed ourselves. There are plenty of learning experiences as you go around, my 12 year old son loved it. Some areas looked a bit tired and could do with updating but on the whole it is well presented. There is a small adventure playground, a cafe which seemed to have vegetarian... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We spent around 3 hours at CAT, some really interesting info but disappointed not to take away more ideas for 'green living' at home. Definitely worth a visit & not reliant on the weather too much, so if you do have a rainy day in Wales (haha) I would recommend a trip here :)

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Eastbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The centre is 40 years old now and doesnt ram down your throat the ethics that go with sustainable living. Using hands on examples and uptodate information you are shown a wide variety of alternatives to our consumerable lifestyles. Set in the most incredible countryside. 10/10 for the experience. Well done CAT and Happy Birthday

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Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit. My first visit was about 6 years ago. First impression is that the place is looking very tired. Whilst the message hasn't changed a lot of what is presented is now common practice in the building trade and I want to know what the latest technology is, strange that you are allowed to wander and... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Prices were fair. The centre as while is beautiful and very inspiring. We had a tour guide (which I think is only offered at certain times of the day). The tour guide was great- showed us all the mains parts of the centre; he was very knowledgable, informative and just really nice in general. There are plenty of things to... More

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Skipsea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

the prices were too expensive for my liking so they really should lower the prices because they will loose peoples attractions towards staying but the food was still nice beyond the fact the food was vegetarian it was still nice the first breakfast i had was ok i guess but the eggs were hard boiled and the toast was cold... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Found on website under things to do whilst in Fairbourne. Not too expensive, but opens up after an initial ride on a railway/water balanced cliff railway. Loads for kids to push, pull, twist and turn as well as learn. Food veggie but even my hubby found something he liked. Loved the tour round the site too, very inspiring.

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