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The market town of Welshpool in Mid Wales, lies just four miles from the border in heart of the Mid Wales 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 in Welshpool is Welshpools 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.
There are many other attractions on offer, such as the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, the Montgomery Canal and the Powysland Museum. The Welshpool Tourist Information Centre is always on hand to provide assistance and suggestions and list all local places to stay and visit. 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 Glyndwr's Way or Offa’s Dyke National Trails.
Other attractions in the areas include 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 offers great accommodation from hotels to self catering cottages. Welshpool offers a range of accommodation from budget to boutique. Find B&B's and Guesthouses around the town. Search for Welshpool short breaks and special offers on the right hand side of the page. Great holiday destination for all the family.
Montgomery is the old county town of Montgomeryshire has a history that stretches back to Roman occupation and has always been a town of strategic importance. Montgomery Castle, built in the early 13th century by the Norman Roger de Montgomery, played a significant role in the Glyndwr uprising before it was damaged beyond repair by Parliamentary forces in the Civil War. The Castle remains popular today, as does nearby Dolforwyn Castle. Both buildings illustrate the geographical importance of Montgomery, they were built to protect an important crossing of the River Severn that could control all military and trade access to west Wales. The Old Bell Museum provides a fantastic record of Montgomery’s past with a permanent collection of artefacts and antiques.
Today visitors are charmed by the Georgian Town square, the story of Robber's Grave and the rolling countryside through which Offa’s Dyke passes only a mile from the town. Montgomery is also noted for the quality of its pubs and restaurants, including the Dragon Hotel, an old coaching inn and the recently opened Monty's Brewery Visitor Centre.
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- Powis Castle World famous terraced garden and medieval castle.
- Montgomery Castle Montgomery Castle is a masonry castle standing on a rocky promontory above the town of Montgomery
- Derwen Garden Centre Huge range of trees, shrubs & plants. Cafe onsite
- The old Station Home of the finest selection of quality clothing, gifts and souvenirs, golf clothing and equipment. Tea shop on site