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Address: Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
Phone Number: 01654 705952
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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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This place is very interesting if you're into alternative energy and learning what you can do to help the planet. There is a water balance cliff railway to get up to the centre... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
Sonia O
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Fairbourne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've always enjoyed the food at the cafe and there is a wide selection of herb teas and healthy snacks as well.

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Thank Julia W
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I visited the Centre for Alternative Technology on a school trip 30 years ago and remember it being very exciting. Second time round it seemed tired and in need of a much needed face lift.

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Thank martindodd
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67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This place is very interesting if you're into alternative energy and learning what you can do to help the planet. There is a water balance cliff railway to get up to the centre. My friend's dad is disabled and they couldn't have been more helpful, putting a chair in the railway car for him because the steps in it are... More 

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Thank Sonia O
England, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Very informative and interesting, fun filled with lots of activities especially for children. There was quite a lot to see; very memorable trip as a child. Nice food place too.

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Shrewsbury, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

It's been around 20 years since we first went and at that time it was the first time of hearing about solar energy never mind seeing it but now it all seems a little dated and what was a great concept seems to be mainstream . It's still worth a look but it no longer feels cutting edge. Can understand... More 

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Thank Gilly B
Manchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

last visited some 20 years ago and it was lovely to see how the centre has matured! the water lift was great fun and a superb welcome into the site. The guy on the desk was delightful, very informative and perfect for the job. everyone was the same friendly, helpful but allowing you to get on with your visit at... More 

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Thank joco613
Wales
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

CAT has lost its' cutting edge and the technology it illustrates is all fairly mainstream now. The whole place looks rather tired and decayed. Maintenance and signage are all a bit tatty. The cafe is pleasant and it is in a beautiful location but it seems to have lost its' joy and enthusiasm somehow. Even the gardens are looking sad... More 

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Thank rushbelina
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

CAT lead the UK environment movement back in the 70's and has evovled from an off grid community, to a visitor attraction and eco demonstration centre into a something like an Environmental University campus. All that aside it is a great palce to spend an afternoon, enjoying views and the wildlife that abounds around the extensive site. You really wont... More 

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Thank Steve J
Harwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Took my son to see this place that I first visited nearly 40 years ago when it was first open It was a lovely to re visit ans see what has been done only following it by the internet and some TV documentaries in the interim My son was overwhelmed and we really enjoyed the visit It had a big... More 

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Thank Jackie D
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The recent addition of WISE really brings the site up to date - there were a lot of serious academics studying and the building itself is incredible. This isn't a tourist attraction like Alton towers with shiny surfaces, it's more like an educational/practical/experience of ecology/sustainability and the outdoor environment. I spoke to a really nice guy (Gareth) who was enthusiastic... More 

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