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“The Welsh mudbath”

Centre for Alternative Technology
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Machynlleth
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Welsh mudbath”
Reviewed 12 July 2008

After travelling 136 miles from Coventry, England we stepped out of our car at the Alternative Technology centre into a dirty muddy carpark. We paid £25 for 2 adults/ 2 children and went into the centre on dirty, muddy paths. It was a shame that none of the 50 billion tonnes of slate around wasn't put down on the paths & carpark. We found a wind turbine coming out of a phone box and another wind turbine broken, covered in bird muck and a sign saying made in Zimbabwe. A third one looked like it had come out of the back end of Texas making a metal seat go up and down a foot for the children to sit on. Information on wind turbines at this centre ZERO - just loads of mud! There were a handful of dirty solar panels with dirty boards cut into the shape of clouds. We picked them up off the muddy path and followed the instructions to blank off the light which made a little electric motor slow down. We could have learnt about all of this and more on the internet in three minutes. If I told you we were disappointed with the whole centre it would be the understatement of the year! Whoever owns this place must be put in prison as they are complete and utter criminals. We told the girl in the ticket office and she said she was very sorry. She was so sorry she wouldn't give us our £25 back. We walked back to our car through the mud where we cleaned our clothes & shoes up and drove 136 miles back to Coventry. If we'd have asked for information of where we could get heroin or guns I think we'd have got more clearer response than on alternative energy. This place is obviously run by a bunch of criminals who should be locked up today (Saturday 12 July 2008). If I'd have read the other review before travelling 136 miles each way - I wouldn't have started my car up! Please read this before anyone goes to this tip on a mountain.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“very disappointed run down and little value for money”
Reviewed 6 April 2008

i havent seen any reviews for this place and wish i had of, the advertising for this place looks very inviting, fun for kids and interesting environmental info made fun. I knew as soon as we approached the place it was dull and i couldnt make out where the entrance was at first, the carpark was small and no defined areas, you need wellies just to get to the entrance, not a good first impression. I am very keen on saving the environment and was raring to see how. its not cheap ( well for what you get i mean) it cost us £25.00 for two adults and two small children, we went up in the water run tram to the top where most the action was going on, we were given a map of the site and off we went, first was an introduction 10minutes long in a hut with no sides and cinema like chairs, we got bored after 2minutes of an intro into how we fit into the worlds life cycle, which i hope we all already know that we are man not animal.... nice small lake with large fish and ducks to entertain the kids for 2 seconds. Everything was dirty dirty dirty, mud everywhere, half the demos didnt work or were so hard to do the kids lost interest straight away, alot of open spaces and info dotted about, it says on the brochure that you need 2-4hours to complete we did it in 30minutes, the so called house that you can walk around was nothing more than a display area in ikea, no stairs even and there were too many people in to even get through. There is no play area for kids as advertised and the gardens are nothing more than the average back yard, nothing inspired me which really disappointed me, just to sum up, worn out . broken old displays, many dirty areas, many areas no suitable for wheels chairs or pushchairs . i felt so sorry for my children they had set there hearts on a fun day out ... i understand the nature of the centre but to encourage children to care for the environment through fun needs more attention. very poor value for money .

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