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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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What an inspiring place!

We visited on what must be one of the wettest days of the year, but we had such a brilliant time... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
LoubyH
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Kent
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Old ideas served up in a tired fashion

I had wanted to visit this place for some time as I had heard about it over 10 years ago whilst... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Jan B
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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 26 October 2017 via mobile

We visited on what must be one of the wettest days of the year, but we had such a brilliant time. We arrived at 11.30 and went straight up the fantastic railway to the entrance. The railway wowed the kids. The train at the top...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hi, Thank you for leaving such lovely comments - glad to hear the wild Welsh weather didnt dampen your time at CAT! We are extremely proud of the team and their knowledge of the subject and of our site. Come see us again soon! Many...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

I had wanted to visit this place for some time as I had heard about it over 10 years ago whilst still working in primary education. Yesterday we took our 8 year old granddaughter on a visit.She enjoyed the day as she is an outdoors...More

Thank Jan B
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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hi Jan, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. We are currently freshening up the visitor's circuit with a lot of work happening behind the scenes to support these updates and with new displays being added. Next up is the new...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Went here with family and friends as one of them in particular was interested in what they had read in the reviews of the Centre. We got off to a bad start when we arrived as the train was not working to take us to...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hi, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit last week. You are correct that we are currently going through development on-site so there may have been some work being carried our during your visit. This time of year, the gardens team...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This place feels a bit like it's lost it's way - it's looking a bit tired and tatty and seems to be largely geared towards children, which I guess is ok, but what about the adults who are already somewhat informed and want to know...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear Jessie, Thank you for leaving a review through I'm sorry to hear you didnt enjoy your experience. Our centre attracts a wide variety of visitors with a diverse knowledge of sustainablility so our displays and information is offered in a way to be as...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The centre was recommended to us.... the centre is down quite a tight road to the car park and once entrance is paid you can travel up to the site via a walk or a water driven lift. Once up at the centre after an...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

I've stayed here a few times over the years and it's always served my needs very well. It's really not a bad place to stay, it's a little unusual as they have tried to make it all very eco-friendly and friendly to nature and the...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Since we first visited, I was captured by this place. We've been back 3 times now (its a fair way for us) - i would gladly live & work there should fate ever allow! The intention of CAT over the last 40 years is fascinating...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Good morning - it's really great to hear how much you enjoy your visits and thank you for your review! It's really nice to hear you enjoying all the elements of site in the same way I do. Hope to see you again soon. Rob

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is an interesting and informative place to visit. We have been before and it looks quite tired and overgrown now. Very good cafe producing fresh organic food. Lots of ideas for you to try at home.More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Hi Jan - It's great that you found your visit interesting and informative! The visitor centre is currently in a period of growth with new updated displays being installed. We have only just installed the new buildings trail and will be opening the new hydo...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Having visited the area for many years and never been here , decided to call in while driving around to see what was on offer. A little surprised at how expensive it was to get to the main centre ; £8.50 per adult. Having read...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

Our 4th visit over the years. Busy as school holidays but lots of room so it didn't feel packed. Brilliant trip up to the centre by water driven funicular. Lots of interesting displays. Great cafe for good food. Well worth a visit.

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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.
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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
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