Welshpool Travel Guide

  • Powys Castle
    Powys Castle
    by Andrew_W_K
  • The sleepy Mongomery canal
    The sleepy Mongomery canal
    by Andrew_W_K
  • Half timbered buildings - Welshpool
    Half timbered buildings - Welshpool
    by Andrew_W_K

Welshpool Things to Do

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Majestic Powys Castle 2 more images

    by Andrew_W_K Updated Oct 24, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    One of the premier attractions in the area if not the whole of Wales. Powys castle is only a mile or so from the town centre but occupies a glorious position overlooking the nearby hills set amidst some of the finest gardens in the country.
    Although the castle dates from around the 13th century (but possibly longer) it has benefitted from continual occupation and is more of a defensive statley home than a stronghold.
    As a residence the castle has been much altered and added to over the centuries but still retains it's place of historical significance having been fought over by the English and Welsh and later by the Roundheads and Cavaliers in the civil war.
    The castle is open to the public and you can tour the state rooms and the museum dedicated to it's most famous resident, Lord Clive of India.
    The castle today falls under the control of the National Trust and although they do a great job they are not cheap and entry will cost £9.90 for adults and £4.95 for children. This allows access to the castle and gardens. A ticket for access to the gardens only is marginally cheaper at £7.20 and £3.60 respectively. Ticket prices are for 2009 so check before you go.
    There is a gift shop and a plant shop on site and you will also find 2 cafes serving food and refreshments, one in the castle and one in the lower garden.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    The train in Welshpool station 1 more image

    by Andrew_W_K Written Sep 26, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    There are lots of these little narrow gauge light railways in Wales and they are a joy. I believe they made them this way to avoid paying taxes that larger railways attracted although they have other advantages like only needing to be small because they only carry a few passengers and being small the tracks can follow the gradients of hills rather than having to blast them flat. Anyway, whatever the reason they are fantastic little railways.
    This one was built in 1903 and connects the towns of Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion - a distance of about 10 miles (14 kms). The only people it carries these days are tourists but it's a very popular service.
    The trains are steam powered and the carriages allow you to stand on a balcony as well as sit inside.
    There is a large car park (free) in Welshpool and tickets for the return journey are £11.50 for adults and £5.80 for children (first child is free).

    Related to:
    • Trains
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    One of the terraced gardens 4 more images

    by Andrew_W_K Written Sep 26, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you are on a very tight budget or simply in a hurry and don't have time to visit the castle then a ticket to the gardens allows good access to the castle exterior and it's amazing gardens.
    I'm not really big on gardens myself but even I am impressed by the variety and extent of the gardens at Powys castle.
    There are terraced gardens, statues, formal gardens, parkland walks, an extensive lawn, the castle seems to have everything. When I was there I was particularly impressed by the Prince of Wales feathers that had been "mown" into the lawn.
    Ticket prices at 2009 are £7.20 for adults and £3.60 for children.
    As well as a gift shop and a plant shop you will find 2 cafes serving food and refreshments, one in the castle and one in the lower garden.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

Welshpool Hotels

Instant Answers: Welshpool

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

92 travelers online now

Comments

Welshpool Travel Guide
Map of Welshpool

View all Welshpool hotels