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Centre for Alternative Technology

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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
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A Fascinating Place to Learn About Sustainable Living

We went to CAT on our way home from a couple of days on the beach in Barmouth, and we were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joie P
Out dated

All of the interactive exhibits are incredibly old, or don't work. Could do with an update. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jess M
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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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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to CAT on our way home from a couple of days on the beach in Barmouth, and we were absolutely blown away. We were only there about 2 and a half hours, but we have learned so much in such a short space...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

All of the interactive exhibits are incredibly old, or don't work. Could do with an update. The gardens are interesting, cafe food is excellent and the cliff train is fascinating

1  Thank Jess M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on our holiday in Wales as both interested in gardening and building. Such an inspirational place with so many great ideas! If only we had a plot of land to build these amazing buildings and growing spaces now. We have taken a...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Michaela, It's wonderful to hear that our visitors love it at CAT as much as we do :) Perhaps come back to us for more detailed information if you get that plot of land! Huge thanks, Rob

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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We went to CAT on a dismal afternoon and joined a tour led by a very knowledgeable guide named James who gave us a real insight into their innovative methods. It certainly gave us much to think about and how we might apply it ourselves....More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hi Kathy, Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and got the opportunity to join one of our school holiday tours. We hope you can come and visit us again soon. Many thanks, Rob

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We visited CAT during the summer holidays. The kids, and adults, had a fantastic time. We were lucky that it was a quietish day so could get to all the hands-on stuff and holiday activities. Volunteers were friendly and my youngest got to do arts...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Good morning, It's wonderful hear how inspired our visitors feel after a visit! Thank you very much and we hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Rob

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Anyone even vaguely interested in environmental issues will enjoy a visit here. There is lots to do and see for a family visit too and it is not expensive. It is great to see that CAT has gained real credibility as an education centre and...More

Thank Joe C
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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi Joe, Thank you for your review - It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit! We are extremely proud of all of the bits you have mentioned including our graduate school and our wonderful cafe and cafe team. We are currently in the process...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I hired an 18 person cabin here and loved it! The stay was absolutely fantastic. We loved the self-catering kitchen and bedrooms with fantastic recycling facilities, the log fire to run the showers and the beautiful stars at night. We walked around the site, and...More

Thank Melanie K
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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Hi Melanie, Thank you for such a lovely review of our Eco Cabins. It's wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Fingers crossed you'll be able to come and stay with us again :) Many thanks Rob

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We went here a while back now and its been open for many years an now unfortunately its showing its age. Its a way off the beaten track but roads are ok. There are things for young children to interact with and one thing I...More

Thank Paul W
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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Hi Paul, It's great to hear that you are a repeat visitor. Our Visitor Centre is constantly evolving with many new features arriving each year such as the Buildings Trail last year and the Garden's Trail which is being installed at the moment. Hopefully when...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2018

Love CAT. Been going for over ten years now. Peaceful and relaxed place. It could do with a sprucing up but I love it non the less.

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Hi Steven, Great to hear you enjoyed your trip to CAT! Hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Rob

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

I first visited CAT when it was new and shiny, sadly it is now looking very long in the tooth, scruffy and frayed around the edges. This is nothing that a few million pounds and a foreward looking management couldn’t sort out!! At a time...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Dear Malcome, Thank you for visiting us, though I'm sorry that it wasn't as you were expecting. We are constantly refreshing the centre's displays and information boards and during the winter season when the centre is a little quieter it's the perfect time to do...More

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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.
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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
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