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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 & 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.

LOCAL HISTORY & CULTURE
While much of the architecture of today's Welshpool is Georgian, the town's origins are much older. It served briefly as the capital of Powys Wenwynwyn or South Powys following its Prince, Gwenwynwyn ap Owain's hasty retreat from the traditional Royal site at Mathrafal in 1212 when it came under attack by Llewelyn the Great's forces. Following Edward I's re-organisation of Wales in the 13th century, Powys Wenwynwyw ceased to exist. Welshpool was devastated by the forces of Owain Glyndwr in 1400 when they swept through the area at the beginning of his rebellion against the English King Henry IV.

The Church in Welshpool was reputedly founded by St Cynfelin during the age of saints in Wales, 5th - 6th Century AD. Another notable building is the six-sided cockpit built in the early 18th Century. It was in continual use for cockfighting until the practice was outlawed in 1849. This is the only unaltered cockpit preserved on its original site in Britain.

A few miles to the west of Welshpool is Dolobran Meeting House. This was the first Quaker meeting House in Wales, built in 1701 by Charles Lloyd of Dolobran Hall. A descendant of Charles Lloyd of Dolobran, Sampson Lloyd, founded a banking business in Birmingham which grew into what we know today as Lloyds Bank.
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Map reference: SJ 225075  Lat: 52.66036 Long: -3.14638

A458 from Shrewsbury.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Welshpool station

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Tourist Information Centre

01938 552043

Address

Powys,
SY21 7DD

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