Knighton | Presteigne | Powys | Accommodation | Events | Things to Do

Knighton is a border town in the heart of the Welsh Marches. The name Knighton translates as Tref-y-Clawdd, which means Town on the Dyke and refers to the fact the Knighton is the only town to be built on Offa’s Dyke. Knighton is the starting point for the Glyndwr's Way National Trail and the Offa's Dyke Visitor Centre is a great place from which to start – or finish an expedition along not one but two Natiinal Trails.

Other Knighton attractions include an independent observatory which monitors the potential threat to our planet posed by 'near earth objects', as well as the Town Crier's Festival, the Knighton Carnival whilst the Serendipity Festival opened in 2008. It is also claimed that in 2004 Knighton witnessed the rare phenomenon of raining animals, when fish fell from the sky.


According to choreographer and broadcaster Arlene Phillips, Presteigne is “the perfect place to escape from it all over the weekend.” Perhaps that’s why it has been voted one of Britain’s top 10 little towns. Although Phillips especially recommends the clean air and uplifting countryside there is plenty more to do and see in this charming border town.

The narrow streets of black and white timber framed houses play host to a plethora of independent stores, café’s and inns, whilst the Rodd showcases the work of the late, great Sidney Nolan. Presteigne is also famous for the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts which showcases internationally renowned composers and progressive new talent, whilst the Sheep Music Fest attracts big name acts with a more populist appeal.

No trip to Presteigne would be complete without a visit to the fantastic Judges Lodgings. From the stunningly restored judge's apartments to the dingy servants' quaters below. Step into the court room and your imagination is captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief!







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