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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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An enlightening experience

We went to CAT on a dismal afternoon and joined a tour led by a very knowledgeable guide named... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
kathympalmer
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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The kids loved it!

We visited CAT during the summer holidays. The kids, and adults, had a fantastic time. We were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
agujvdx25647
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Reading, 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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Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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

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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

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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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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

A delight from the outset! Well signposted and plenty of free parking. The man at the reception couldn’t have been nicer or more informed. We paid our entrance and received a map of the site. Getting on the funicular cliff water-balanced rail carriage was an...More

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CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Dear Ruth, Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and the various elements of our centre! We have new displays being installed fairly regularly - next up is the completion of our new hydro display and a gardens trail. Hope to see you again one...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

My mom booked a day out for here as a surprise for myself, and it was amazing! We managed to book a hotel through their website, which was really easy and was quite helpful as the B&B was 16 minutes away. We arrived at CAT,...More

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

Hi Chelsey, Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that we've made an impression! Hope you can come and visit us again soon. Many thanks, Rob

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

I called CAT to enquire what time the children half term activities were taking place specifically story telling. The lady was rude unhelpful basically said I don’t know. CAT have advertised the times and I wanted to check if it was the same time for...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 sorry to hear about your experience. We are very proud of our excellent team so take comments like this very seriously. Some confusion is likely to have been caused by a member of staff becoming unavailable last minute. We hope you can come...More

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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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