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Centre for Alternative Technology

#4 of 11 things to do in Machynlleth Features Animals
Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
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A few hours long visit

This is great place for the whole family. It takes a few hours to view all stands. You can try and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Margo S
Fascinating place

This place deserves more attention. There were very few people around when we visited. Perhaps... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has been inspiring visitors about sustainable practice for over 40 years. With seven acres of hands-on displays, examples of environmentally responsible building, renewable energy, organic gardens and kids’ holiday activities, there is something for everyone at CAT. Follow CAT’s interactive Zero Carbon Britain Trail to discover how to live enjoyably in a world with reduced emissions. Or, winding up through managed oak woodland, the Quarry Trail opens up never-before-seen areas of CAT and breathtaking views of the Snowdonia National Park. On special evenings, the Quarry After Dark programme allows guests to experience CAT after the visitor centre has closed. This diverse programme of events boasts live music, talks, late night tours, film screenings and exhibitions. Nestled in a historic slate quarry CAT site is a little uneven in places and a lot of the displays are outdoors so please wear sensible footwear and waterproof clothing. During the winter months we close the Cliff Railway and some of the outdoor trails due to the unpredictable weather, please keep an eye on our website for updated information.
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  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible11%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
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Reviewed yesterday

This is great place for the whole family. It takes a few hours to view all stands. You can try and look through many pieces of alternative technology and ask the staff all those questions that come to your mind when you test AT. When...More

Thank Margo S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place deserves more attention. There were very few people around when we visited. Perhaps because of it's low key approach. But this is part of it's charm. We wandered around for a good hour fascinated by the place, from the entry via the water-balanced...More

Thank MummaMedia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place totally opened our eyes to alternative energy, all of the staff were great and very helpful. Although the little team up to CAT was a little rickety (still fun) you can also walk up steps to get there. It's a very big place...More

Thank Traveler21Steph
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had intended to just spend a couple of hours here, but actually stayed for the whole day. Lots of fascinating exhibitions, beautiful planting everywhere, a great walk up to the quarry, and an excellent cafe with decently priced food and very tasty hummus. We...More

Thank jjbl0ndie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is really a place of learning and education and not so much a tourist attraction. You will be mixing with both young and old students as you go round. We found it a truly amazing place and both learned so much from the various...More

Thank Geoff S
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Visited with family, last visit approximately 20 years ago. A few interesting features I hadn't remembered but little to inspire younger folk. Friendly staff but the young lady in the shop had little knowledge of some key points about the bees kept there when asked.

Thank Helena H
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Paid over £25 for two adults and a concession (our toddler was free). Far too expensive for what was in effect a very short ride on a funicular and a walk round an overgrown, run down area. Interactive stations were very poor. Dirty and rusty....More

Thank MMG106
CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, I am sorry that you didn’t enjoy your visit. We strive to strike a balance between having a good amount of information displays and not overwhelming visitors. For visitors in search of more in depth information on the subjects we...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

Had some initial issues with finding the place, as when arriving by bus it was not obvious where to go from the bus stop. I had a nice day wandering about - nothing earth shattering on the technology front, but it was an interesting destination....More

Thank Jody A
Reviewed 9 June 2017

We went to the CAT centre not really knowing what to expect, but we had a great day out there. The weather that day was awful so I don't think we spent as long there as we would have if the weather was nice, as...More

Thank Yvonne B
Reviewed 5 June 2017

If you know little about alternative technologies, or want to interest kids in them, you may find this interesting. If youre already interested, and have watched a few mainstream tv programmes on the subject, and the odd episode of George Clarke or Grand Designs, you...More

Thank alexia b
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lorraine w
25 June 2017|
Response from alexia b | Reviewed this property |
Hi, they do have some facilities for running courses but members of the public like us don't get to see them. so I'm sorry, but I can't help much.
Ian A
12 March 2016|
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Response from Jackie D | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I'm not sure about dogs, they would be able to tell you if you email them. The food is brilliant and it is a really good place to visit a great day out