Centre for Alternative Technology

LOCATION

MACHYNLLETH, POWYS

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The Centre for Alternative Technology promotes practical ideas and information on sustainable technologies. The exhibition includes displays of wind, water and solar power, organic gardens, low-energy buildings, and a unique water-powered railway, which ascends a 200ft cliff from the car park. Free children's activities and guided tours during the summer holidays.

Centre for Alternative Technology
MACHYNLLETH, SY20 9AZ
Phone : 01654 705950

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Some woodland pathways
  • Facilities: Assisted wheelchair access, mobility scooter available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct, daily 10-5. Please phone or check website for winter opening times

About the area

Discover Powys

The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.

This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it. 

Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.

Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.

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