We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Features Animals
Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
+44 1654 705950
Website
Save
Review Highlights
This place could be amazing.

I first visited CAT when it was new and shiny, sadly it is now looking very long in the tooth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
malcolmbloomfield
,
Corris, United Kingdom
Learned so much!

A delight from the outset! Well signposted and plenty of free parking. The man at the reception... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ruthsad
,
Runcorn, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 410 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“mole” (21 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Llwyngwern Quarry | Pantperthog, Machynlleth SY20 9AZ, Wales
CONTACT
Website
+44 1654 705950
Write a Review
Reviews (410)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 408 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank malcolmbloomfield
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Ruthsad
CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

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

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank ros4
CAT-VC-Team, Public Relations Manager at Centre for Alternative Technology, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on what must be one of the wettest days of the year, but we had such a brilliant time. We arrived at 11.30 and went straight up the fantastic railway to the entrance. The railway wowed the kids. The train at the top...More

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

Hi, Thank you for leaving such lovely comments - glad to hear the wild Welsh weather didnt dampen your time at CAT! We are extremely proud of the team and their knowledge of the subject and of our site. Come see us again soon! Many...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had wanted to visit this place for some time as I had heard about it over 10 years ago whilst still working in primary education. Yesterday we took our 8 year old granddaughter on a visit.She enjoyed the day as she is an outdoors...More

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

Hi Jan, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. We are currently freshening up the visitor's circuit with a lot of work happening behind the scenes to support these updates and with new displays being added. Next up is the new...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with family and friends as one of them in particular was interested in what they had read in the reviews of the Centre. We got off to a bad start when we arrived as the train was not working to take us to...More

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

Hi, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit last week. You are correct that we are currently going through development on-site so there may have been some work being carried our during your visit. This time of year, the gardens team...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place feels a bit like it's lost it's way - it's looking a bit tired and tatty and seems to be largely geared towards children, which I guess is ok, but what about the adults who are already somewhat informed and want to know...More

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

Dear Jessie, Thank you for leaving a review through I'm sorry to hear you didnt enjoy your experience. Our centre attracts a wide variety of visitors with a diverse knowledge of sustainablility so our displays and information is offered in a way to be as...More

Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

The centre was recommended to us.... the centre is down quite a tight road to the car park and once entrance is paid you can travel up to the site via a walk or a water driven lift. Once up at the centre after an...More

Thank Kate R
Reviewed 15 September 2017

I've stayed here a few times over the years and it's always served my needs very well. It's really not a bad place to stay, it's a little unusual as they have tried to make it all very eco-friendly and friendly to nature and the...More

Thank MikeHarrison2014
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Andy & Adam's Cafe and Shop
41 reviews
3.47 km away
Number Twenty One
309 reviews
3.72 km away
The Slaters Arms
17 reviews
3.48 km away
Quarry Cafe
153 reviews
3.71 km away
Nearby Attractions
Corris Mine Explorers
184 reviews
3.45 km away
Talyllyn Lake
32 reviews
6.55 km away
The Spa Plas Talgarth
41 reviews
7.66 km away
King Arthur's Labyrinth
497 reviews
3.47 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
lorraine w
26 June 2017|
Answer
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.
0
Votes
Ian A
12 March 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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
0
Votes