Mid Wales is one of Great Britain’s best kept secrets. Many people seem to drive through on their way to the coast or on their way up to North Wales or down to South Wales, but have you ever thought to stop?
We’re surrounded by stunning landscape, beautiful hills and valleys abound. Amongst the beauty, you’ll find castle ruins (such as Montgomery Castle) and Powis Castle, a wonderful example of a castle still inhabited by its Earl.
Situated near Welshpool, just a few miles from the English border, the National Trust castle stands proud over the valley, with its beautiful terraces and gardens below. You can spend a whole day there looking around the castle, the Clive Museum and the gardens. It’s well worth a visit!
Mum and I decided to have a mother and daughter day out last Friday as it was such a sunny day. I grabbed my camera and we headed to Powis Castle, which is just a short drive down the road from here. Dad is a regular volunteer at the castle, so it’s not the first time we’ve been there.
We didn’t go inside the castle or museum this time, but there’s plenty in there to see including artefacts, paintings, statues, furniture and textiles. The decor is worth a view too.
The castle terraces and gardens are magnificently kept. In fact, the gardeners were hard at work whilst we were there. There are so many beautiful flowers and plants in the gardens, and if you fancy you can buy a few of them from the garden shop. The garden’s over 300-year-old yew hedges are so high they have to use a cherry-picker to prune them!
There are a restaurant and gift shop in the castle, but we waited until we’d walked the terraces and found the little cafe hidden away at the bottom of the gardens. We had a well deserved Elderflower Presse each, but there are ice creams, scones, sandwiches and other delicious drinks and goodies available.
If you visit the castle and gardens, do make sure you venture through the woodlands using the paths to see more beautiful landscape. Hidden within the woodlands you’ll find things like The Ice House and the pet cemetery. The peacocks are also a must-see at the castle. There’s so much to see and do at Powis Castle!
For more information, visit National Trust.
For other places nearby, try Montgomery Castle.