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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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A great alternative place to visit

We all had a great time there was a lot to do and the weather was just great (I cannot be held responsible if the weather isn't as good as we had), as usual with places like this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ed E
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We all had a great time there was a lot to do and the weather was just great (I cannot be held responsible if the weather isn't as good as we had), as usual with places like this most of the food and beverages are free trade (or sourced locally so can be a little pricy or not to everyone's... More 

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Plwmp, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband had not visited here but had heard a lot about it from me from previous visits. The last time i visited was 15 years ago and everything was well kept and informative displays. We decided to visit today but found it to be very poor and very run down. The water balanced railway was not working and all... More 

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Thank SarahGunton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

On the day we visited the railway was out of order so we had to walk up the steep but purpose built path past the gardens. This certainly told us who was fit and who wasn't in our party!! We headed straight to the barn where the childrens activities are held where our daughter had great fun painting a picture... More 

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Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing and thought provoking ideas, but totally let down by the fact that a substantial number of the exhibits didn't work. The funicular railway (for instance) was described as using water alone to transport visitors up and down from reception to the site. After our visit we had to walk down as there was "an electrical fault" with the system.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have over the last 25 years gone to the centre 3 times with groups of children. My first visit in the early 90's was great, loved the place. My second visit some 18 years ago I still enjoyed the place as did the boys. My last visit was the saddest, the place looked to run down and dated. Need... More 

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

Hi there, Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. I see that you visited in August last year. Since then we've done quite a bit of work on the visitor circuit. We have plans to do even more, but for now the gardens have been spruced up (they're looking glorious in the sunshine today!), our maintenance team... More 

Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

went here for a visit , a bit on the expensive side for what it is but very informative, a water powered train , was great . enjoyed the visit

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Thank sectioncommand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very Sad that this great pioneer of alternative energy has run out of steam. It belongs on the compost heap. If you excuse the pun! The 2 handsome guys at the recption and the vegan chef, were the only good attractions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to spend a morning, with lots of hands on activities for children, demonstrating sustainable energy, and a great organic cafe.

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

Thanks for the review Martha. Glad you enjoyed your visit, and the delights of the CAT Cafe. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow, a great place to visit from when you arrive where we met enthusiastic people who are willing to chat and share information. From the ride on the water balanced lift up to the site, stairs available if you wish to train for anything. Wondered around and really enjoyed the garden sections and info. on solar. Places for young people... More 

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

Hi Kevin, Thanks for the review. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your day and had a good explore of the CAT site. The new Quarry Trail that you saw the first part of will have its grand opening in October half-term - if you'd like to join us, keep an eye on our website for details. We'll be... More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely 4 hours including lunch here, very interesting, so welcoming, a place that might not be on every ones radar, but please give to a go. Fantastic cafe, super star staff, great coffee, lovely food.

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