The market town of Welshpool lies just four miles from the border in heart of the Welsh Marches. The georgian architecture that adorns the curving high street would merit a visit in itself, but there is plenty more to do and see in what is one of Powys' biggest towns.
The principle attraction to Welshpool is Powis Castle, the ancestral home of the Earl of Powys and the descendents of Clive of India. The medieval castle and mansion have accommodated Queen Victoria and several Princes of Wales, whilst the gardens that surround the castle are world famous and the museum's collection is one of the richest in Wales.
However there are many other attractions on offer, such as the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, the Welshpool Carnival or the Montgomery Canal and the accompanying Powysland Museum. Another advantage of visiting Welshpool is that the local Tourist Information Centre is always on hand to provide assistance and suggestions. One of those suggestions might be to recommend a visit to the ancient hill fort of Y Breiddin, or directions on how to plan a hike along nearby Offa's Dyke.
Rather more recent additions to the town include the opening of Coed-y-Dinas, one of the largest garden centres in the UK, as well as the Smithfield Livestock Market which is one of the largest in Europe.
Football fans may already be familiar with the town due to some celebrity members of the local team, Welshpool Town FC. Chris Kamara of Sky Sports and Arsenal legend Paul Merson have both played for the Lilywhites in the past year, and there are rumours that England great Matt Le Tissier is set to join them.
Welshpool has a railway station on the Cambrian line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth.