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Centre for Alternative Technology

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Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
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Love the technology, shame about the centre

If you are an environmentalist then you'll love what you see at the centre. Unfortunately its a bit... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Richard M
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Day out

Loved the park and the water lift but the food needs an overhaul. It might attract more visitors... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2018
Llandudno, 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...more
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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit very interesting, set in the beautiful forests of mid Wales. See how we can work with natural resources and nature.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank samhY5189HU
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an environmentalist then you'll love what you see at the centre. Unfortunately its a bit run-down and may not inspire that many to be 'greener' than we are now. Yes, its run by dedicated staff but until the facilities and restaurant are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Richard M
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Loved the park and the water lift but the food needs an overhaul. It might attract more visitors. But a pleasant day out.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank alisonr161
Reviewed 26 October 2018

This is my second visit, the first was about 25 years ago ! Very little change here. Its a run down "hippy type" hideaway, a general mess with little to inspire anyone. The working exhibits were in poor condition, the vegetable garden rundown and uncared...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Babyboomer1950
Reviewed 26 October 2018

A revisit from the eighties to check out the improvements and changes. The new access railway was great. The restarant again proved very tasty.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank turnaroundwood
Reviewed 25 October 2018

I been going there since I was a little girl and really wanted to take my husband to show him. We had a great time wandering around the site and looking at the different exhibits. Their new building is very impressive and they really have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 23 October 2018

It's taken me far too long to visit the centre despite being a regular visitor to Snowdonia since the 1960's! I always assumed it was a bunch of hippies who started the centre and it was a bit airy fairy. How wrong could I have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul G
Reviewed 4 October 2018

I think those who are criticising this attraction are being unfair. It doesn't pretend to be a shiny Disney-style experience and the clue might be found in the word "alternative". We swithered about going but came away very glad we had done so. There are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Lovely afternoon spent with 4 year old grandson, Highlight for him was the water balance carriage that you have to go onto enter and leave. First visit for him and he loved the mole hole, and was safe for him to explore on his own...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elaine R
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

As an agricultural engineer that has been involved in development all my working life I was fascinated by some of what I saw. For me the water powered funicular rail car was the highlight. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to answer most of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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lorraine w
25 June 2017|
Response from alexiab864 | 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.
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