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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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The centre was recommended to us.... the centre is down quite a tight road to the car park and once... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kate R
Ascot, United Kingdom
via mobile
Stayed here a few nights.

I've stayed here a few times over the years and it's always served my needs very well. It's really... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wrexham, 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%
  • Terrible10%
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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank Kate R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank MikeHarrison2014
Reviewed 10 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

Thank pysclist
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.

Thank Jancrow4
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

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 26 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.

Thank HethT
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Visited the centre for the modern uses of renewable technology. Unfortunately, they won't even let you in to the gift shop without paying. When we did we found the centre to be quite out of date and tired looking. Any updates to the information boards...More

Thank jkulka
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

So we came here approximately 7 years ago nothing changed all looking old and tired they seem to be more focused on accepting fee paying course students than the every day visitor. Cafe disappointing stale lemon polenta cake inedible not much choice. Over priced the...More

Thank carogDevon
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The entry price of £8.50 was very expensive, considering that the exhibits were old and scruffy, sometimes with parts missing on the interactive ones. It gave the feeling that you're being fleeced, really, or milked in order to pay for someone else's project; like when...More

1  Thank skiron17
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

A nice educational trip with the children. Lots of things for the kids to do and for adults to learn. It's mainly outdoors so good when weather is nice

Thank Anwar S
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lorraine w
26 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