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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  • 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.
  • First time while I was stepping into this nature-make camper/research center, I was sort of surprised, because unlike the update modern civilized master planning the way of constructions and landscape are still quite raw and untamed. Eco-friendly is the priority here. Unfortunately it was winter time during the graduation ceremony, all I saw just muddy ground, bare forest.
  • Great day took my 8yr old daughter and her friend they had a fantastic day staff really helpful in the art and craft building. We were very unsure due to other reviews but was a fab day out 2 happy girls
  • Our favorite was the water balanced cliff railway and interesting learning and nice short quarry walk for young kids

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