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Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Water-balanced Cliff Railway

Museum - Science, £4-£7.50

Llwyngwern Quarry,
Pantperthog,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9AZ

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From Monday 9 November, people travelling to Wales from elsewhere in the UK or from abroad can visit Wales only for example for compassionate reasons or travelling for work and must follow all relevant regulations in force in Wales.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon

Details

Nestled in the stunning UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere in Mid Wales, The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is a world-renowned eco centre that demonstrates practical solutions for a sustainable future.

Discover a hidden world, packed full of working examples of renewable energy, beautiful organic gardens, experimental green buildings and sustainably managed woodland habitats.

VEGETARIAN CAFE
As a large outdoor attraction with plenty of space for the whole family to explore, we’re confident in delivering a great day out while keeping your safety and the safety of our staff a top priority. Grab a picnic from CAT’s vegetarian café and find perfect spot for lunch - in the woods, overlooking the gardens of in front of a jaw-dropping view of the valley below.

QUARRY TRAIL WALK
Now a thriving haven for wildlife, the CAT site was once a Welsh slate quarry - signs of which can still be seen today. Weaving your way up through the broadleaf woodlands, three different trails of varying lengths allow access to never-before-seen areas of the CAT woodlands and gardens whilst offering spectacular views into the Snowdonia National Park. The Quarry Trail Walk offers glimpses into CAT’s slate heritage and the reservoir that feeds CAT’s off-grid water system.

WELLBEING & NATURE
Combining exciting practical skills with immersive wellbeing experiences, CAT truly is the home of sustainability education. Join a tour with one of CAT’s expert guides to dig a little deeper or come along to a day or week long course to explore everything from sustainable woodland management and nature connection to sustainable building practices and renewable energy (check website for tour availability).

Pre-booking before arrival is essential to help us ensure that everyone can socially distance.

Dogs welcome!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsPushchairs availableRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityElectric car charging point

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

To ensure safety and 2m social distancing, CAT’s water-balanced cliff railway is not currently operating. The access route to the visitor centre is via a walk up a relatively steep lane, which will take approximately 10 minutes. Accessible parking is available for those who need it.

Pre-booked tickets are within 30-minute time allocated slots. The first available entry time is between 10:00 and 10:30 and last entry is between 14:30 and 15:00. Our site closes at 17:00.

Prices

2020 Summer Prices:
Adult: £6.50, Concessions: £5.50, Child: £3.00 (under 4 free)

Address

Llwyngwern Quarry,
Pantperthog,
Machynlleth,
Powys,
SY20 9AZ

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Centre For Alternative Technology using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 755044  Lat: 52.62305 Long: -3.84062

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CAT is currently open for pre-booked tickets only. To book, please visit www.cat.org.uk/book
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The Centre for Alternative technology is ideally situated right in the heart of Mid Wales, just two hours by train from Birmingham International Airport and Train Station.

CAT is located three miles north of Machynlleth on the A487, look out for the brown signs.

By Public Transport
Travel Planner - https://www.traveline.cymru/

Bus services run from Machynlleth and other major towns. The T2 runs regular routes from Aberystwyth to Bangor. The T2 also passes the centre as well. It's worth looking online if you're planning to travel by bus and ask the driver about the best place to alight for the centre.

National Cycle Network Route 8 passes via CAT's entrance and the road from Mach to CAT is quiet and safe (see map above).

Trains are frequent and it doesn't take long to get from the Midlands to Machynlleth

By Car:
Free car parking at Visitor Centre.
EV Car Charging point: Free to Cat Visitors - notify reception on arrival and they will assist you with the charging facilities.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Machynlleth station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Pushchairs availablePushchairs available
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 30
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

Notes

There is disabled parking at the top of both driveways. Please don't hesitate to call us on 01654 705989 for more information.

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