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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 441654705952
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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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Kept my 12 year old son very engaged with interactive displays

We were holidaying in the area and decided to visit on a day of rain showers. Although it is outside there are plenty of places to get in out of the rain. There are lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Plymouth
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were holidaying in the area and decided to visit on a day of rain showers. Although it is outside there are plenty of places to get in out of the rain. There are lots of interactive displays which really engaged my son (and he's not easily engaged so many thanks to the centre). There was also an indoor area... More 

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely review! We're so pleased to hear how much you and your son enjoyed your day out at CAT. More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We'd been looking forward to our visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology and been meaning to go for some years. The entrance via the water powered incline is spectacular but sadly that was probably the highlight of our visit. The exhibits are spaced out seemingly randomly amongst the old slate workings and finding your way around is confusing. There... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Since 1975 this place has fascinated, stimulated and challenged people to think differently. It is a unique collection of structures, buildings, gardens and walks like you will see no where else. Since those first oil shocks in the 70's people here have been working on solutions, alternatives, new possibilities for living that are kinder to the environment. Whether just for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this place with our two kids, our 4 year old was kept active and happy in this place. It is more a way of life than a museum. Everything just sort of flows in a none formal or boring way. Loads of interesting exhibits and a good playground. Unfortunately the lift up to the place was broken and we... More 

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Hi James, Thanks for the review - really pleased to hear how much your family enjoyed their day. You clearly 'get' the CAT vibe! Sorry to hear that the train wasn't running when you visited - unfortunately it was out of action for a few days over summer. It's running again now so if you're still in the area and... More 

Leicestershire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner is really interested in alternative technology so a visit was a must. However we were both really disappointed as we felt it was very dated and appeared a little tired. Definitely not very cutting edge! Probably more suitable for families with children who only want to learn the basics but for us there was not enough detail and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A brilliant day full of lots of practical inspiring ideas. The cafe was great because it all vegetarian and I am vegetarian which is eco friendly so put into practice what they preach. You can easily spend a whole day there. The only problem with CAT is when we went the lift wasn't working and my sister in law that... More 

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Rachael. We're glad to hear how much you enjoyed your day at CAT, and pleased that you made the most of our vegetarian cafe. Sorry to hear that problems with the train made your visit a bit more difficult. If you visit again, bear in mind that we have disabled parking at the top of the... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good fun and interesting. My daughter now fascinated with making solar powered boats. Lots of kids activities, in beautiful setting, reasonably priced and food in cafe delicious.

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Glad to hear we've created a future renewable energy specialist, and really pleased that you all enjoyed your visit. Come and see us again soon! More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wife had wanted to go to the Centre for Alternative Technology, located in a disused slate quarry in Sothern Snowdonia for a while, so I guess you could say I was dragged along with the kids. I must say I was happily surprised, by the quality of the centre, range of displays and hands on projects. Though some of... More 

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Glad to hear you enjoyed your day at CAT, and got to see the lovely Gareth's pole lathe demonstration. It's amazing to see those rattles appearing out of a single piece of wood, with the lathe being powered by nothing but a foot pedal. As you say, some of our displays are a bit older - we're revamping some of... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, so it's not the best attraction in the world. But a family of 4 can visit for around£25, and easily spend half a day here. Spend a bit more time and a full day is also achievable. It's a mixture of Eco-friendly exhibits, experiments and buildings (also a few sales pitches too). There are loads of clever tips which... More 

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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was surprisingly good, and took a lot longer to explore than the hour suggested in the promotional guide. Lots to see, a cliff railway to ride, and delicious vegetarian food to enjoy. An added surprise was the very clean toilets!! Admittance to the Centre cost £5 per person - worth twice the price, but don't tell them I said... More 

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this review

Glad to hear you had a good day out! We agree you can easily spend several hours here if you enjoy exploring, relaxing, reading and absorbing all the information. Come back and see us again soon! More 

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