Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 an...  more »
  • 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 interac...  more »
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  • Great day out, the kids loved it and there was loads to do. Staff at the centre were really friendly and we would definently visit again.
  • Excellent timber framing and other courses for ecological building. Carwyn Jones, the tutor of the timber framing course, is beyond doubt one of the best teachers I have ever come across, being both knowledgeable, supportive, patient and humble despite all of his professional achievements. We very much enjoyed our three day stay in the on site accommodations and enjoyed the delicious vegetarian and vegan food. The cooks go to great lengths to make special and flavourful dishes. The CAT site hosts a large number of imaginative and eco friendly buildings to inspire anyone interested in architecture or building, especially building tiny houses. Children will enjoy the many playful but informative displays and smaller play structures. The site is stunningly beautiful with many old and moss covered trees as well as a view of an old slate quarry with a small waterfall. There is a gift shop on site that has a well curated selection of building related books as well as honey, jam, tea, organic soaps, calendars, etc. In terms of courses, the program of CAT has just been significantly extended and they now offer a course on how to make your own wind turbine, on creative writing and others. Last but not least, being only a 10 minute taxi drive away from Minffordd Path (a UK nature reserve) to take you to the top of the famed Cadair Idris Mountain with its lakes (6 hour round trip) is the cherry on top. Highly recommended for all ages and a top destination in the UK for anyone interested in sustainable living and eco building.
  • Good place to take eco classes & learn how to set up your environmental friendly home energy or passive house set up, in a nice place too!
  • A long way for a day trip from home in Wiltshire, but well worth the drive. Lots of interesting facts about energy use and conservation. Not preachy. You can take as much or as little on board.....help save some cash or maybe the planet. You decide.
  • Fantastic place. I was captured after our first visit over 3/4 years ago. Since then we've been back 3 times now. Should fate ever allow i would gladly live & work there. The intention of the place over the last 40 years is fascinating & the achievement and influence it has had & continues to have is very impressive. At a more pragmatic/ objective level, reasons to visit... *interest in sustainability or the environment - without a doubt worth a pilgrimage! *fan of organic gardening/ wild gardens/ permaculture *Ride on the water/ gravity powered cliff railway - quite impressive *Countryside/ wildlife - the place is keen on environmental topics, seems like a bit of a nature reserve. *Good cafe/ cakes/ etc. *Fun for children - lots of random things to do and see - handles to find up, a giant mole, wind powered chair, all sorts of bits and bobs Reasons not to visit. Can't really see any - I guess the entrance fee is the main one - its a shame it cant be free, but the money they raise obviously goes towards the cause. If you don't have some sort of interest in at least one of the above, then there is not much point. But go anyway, you may suprise yourself :-) When visiting, I think it helps to remember where it came from and why it was built - it ins't a theme park, or a money making venture, it originally started as a commune and a way to show an example of how alternative technology could be used.
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