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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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Such a lovely, fascinating place!

Best place to start would be to get into the actual place, which starts off on water/gravity cable... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Scarborough, United Kingdom
via mobile
Visit with elderly mother

We first went in its first week of opening. I was that young I don't remember. BUT as my mom and... read more

Reviewed 22 May 2017
Alison N
Redditch, England, United Kingdom
via mobile
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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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  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible11%
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“moles” (19 reviews)
“a bit tired” (6 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to start would be to get into the actual place, which starts off on water/gravity cable car. That's where the fun began for us! The staff were all so friendly and helpful, the play area kept my little girls entertained and was hard...More

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

We first went in its first week of opening. I was that young I don't remember. BUT as my mom and I are visiting old haunts after two breve nets (1 each). We went back, they had a mobility scooter, free of charge, that you...More

1  Thank Alison N
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Very interesting place not to pricey to get in and food was good value for portion sizes. Trails are very nice to walk and views are lovely. Staff also very friendly

Thank haylzmotto
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Nice setting. The centre is full of info on alternative technology and has a chilled vibe. The food in the cafe was vegetarian and freshly prepared. I did think that it was a little bit run down hence the 3 stars and it would have...More

Thank KW1963
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Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

Little ones enjoyed rambling and exploring almost every thing especially play areas and welcoming staff !

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Like a lot of posters I have been visiting the CAT for in excess of forty years and I am always keen to see progress and anything new. Regretfully there isn't a lot but my grandchildren still enjoy being frightened by the Megan The Mole...More

Thank araf
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I first visited CAT nearly 40 years ago and returning with my wife for the first time recently, I was deeply impressed by the vast progress that has been made. This is the place to come to if you have any interest in green technology...More

Thank Anne-and-Graham
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Interesting and amazing from the start - reaching the Centre via a water-driven funicular rail carriage. Inspiring ideas for gardens, outdoors buildings, and a great café.

Thank Marilyn0909
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Great day in the outdoors, plenty of hands on activities for the kids whilst teaching about sustainability. Kids craft area making bug hotels and painting area (think craft options may change regularly). We went on a slightly rainy day but was still plenty to do.

Thank Vicky C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The centre is in a beautiful part of Wales and the views are spectacular, however, we are now aware of most the technology shown at the centre so it needs to give more. There were a number of displays with no interpretation board what so...More

Thank BernyS
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Ian A
Hi I would just like to know if the centre is dog friendly? I would like to re-visit with my wife, who will go nowhere without the dogs. Most importantly would we be able to eat in the cafe/restaurant I have always said how lovely the vegetarian menu is... Many Thanks
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