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Centre for Alternative Technology

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Lessons We All Need to Learn

I think those who are criticising this attraction are being unfair. It doesn't pretend to be a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim F
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Perth
Afternoon Outing

Lovely afternoon spent with 4 year old grandson, Highlight for him was the water balance carriage... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Elaine R
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Machynlleth, Wales, 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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Mortond4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a disappointing trip. As others have mentioned the place is just falling to bits-you can't get away with saying this is 'eco' something or other to excuse the mess. The signage was hopeless. Hardly any of the ancient displays work - and even if...More

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

Sorry to hear you regret your decision to choose CAT rather than visiting a beach! A shame you didn't find value in our signage and displays. A few of our recent installations offer loads of info about the sustainable structures on site and eco building...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We attended a couple of courses over a weekend which were very interesting and informative. The place itself is very interesting too with lots of info about alternative energy and technology. It's looking a little tatty in places so not sure if it is a...More

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

Thanks for the review Richard - great to hear you enjoyed your courses.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I first visited CAT in the mid-1970s with my parents and 2 younger brothers when I was about 10 years old. We all recall a place which was welcoming, exciting and ahead of its time. We also still talk about the fantastic meal we had...More

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

Great to hear from you Jo - glad you enjoyed your visit :) Many thanks, Rob

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking forward to visiting the CAT centre on our recent visit to Wales. We couldn't have been more disappointed! The highlight was the ride up the water driven funicular. On reaching the top area via the funicular, we were upon the visitor centre/shop,...More

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

Hi Posh, I'm sorry to hear you didn't find architecture of the CAT shop to your liking. The building that the shop is housed within is a state-of-the-art rammed-earth building which uses low-enery materials and passive solar design principles. There is loads of information on...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

We visited in two couples, and took a tour to the quarry. The quarry was the best part of the visit. The grounds of the place are shabby and run down. Everything needs more upkeep and a good clean. Lots of work to be done....More

Thank Emily H
CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Hi Emily, Thanks for swinging by to leave a review - what a shame that you didn't take much from your visit! Your photo's show an experiment by some of the CAT students looking into different green roof materials - though i agree they arent...More

Reviewed 31 August 2018

This was a return visit for us after three years. There is simply so much information on offer here that we could probably go every three months and learn something new each time. After three years there were several new features to see, including the...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018

I stayed at the eco-cabins as part of my summer residential through an organisation that hired the facilities but the staff members were great and really helpful, it was a lovely setting with breathtaking views of the Welsh hills as well as an informative visit......More

1  Thank Eisha T
CAT-VC-Team, Guest Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hi Eisha, A lovely review - thank you. Regards Rob

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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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Ian A
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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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