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Gregynog Hall vew from Gardens

Gregynog Hall vew from Gardens

Gregynog Hall vew from Gardens

Garden, free entry

Nr Newtown,
SY16 3PL



Gregynog is one of Wales’ premier country estates and the former home of the extraordinary Davies sisters, art collectors and public benefactors. The black and white hall is surrounded by popular walking trails through the 750-acre estate which is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The estate is one of Wales’ most important sites for ancient parkland and wood-pasture habitats, veteran trees and nationally important lichens, insects and other wildlife, supported by these rare habitats. The Great Wood at Gregynog is one of few remaining ancient oak and lichen-rich woodlands, home to an extremely rare lichen never seen before in Wales.

Gregynog Hall is an ancient house with a Victorian face. Once a landed estate, now a Conference Centre and Wedding & Events Venue. Gregynog Hall houses a magnificent library. Fine arts, literature, language, history and culture, rub shoulders with classic publications from the Gregynog Press. Many of the books once belonged to the Davies sisters; although the greater part of the general non-fiction collection has been acquired since the 1960s.

The gardens at Gregynog are unrivaled, offering a mixture of formal and woodland walks. The Hall is surrounded by 750 acres of grounds containing many different landscapes including Grade 1 listed formal gardens. The Gardener’s Chronicle of 1912 described these as ‘highly artistic and in complete harmony with the natural surroundings’ CADW added ‘one of the most important parks and gardens in Powys, dating from at least 1500’

Early concrete fountains and bridges are surrounded by a mass of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. A magnificent clipped yew hedge and herbaceous borders create a spectacular backdrop to the Hall.

Gregynog has been designated a National Nature Reserve. The Estate attracts a diversity of bird life and in summer migrants share the bounty of the grounds with all three British Woodpeckers. The mouse-like Tree Creeper can be spotted among the Wellingtonia trees and in the undisturbed snows of winter we find Falcons and Sparrowhawks.

There is a network of colour coded woodland walks, of varying lengths, which weave their way through the Estate and give tantalising views of both the Hall and Montgomeryshire countryside. A number of footpaths link through to neighbouring farmland for the more adventurous.

Ancient Oaks, 300 years old or more, form the Great Wood, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for it’s Lichen, whilst magnificent Cedar, Cypress and Copper Beech challenge those found in any Arboretum. The paths along the Wern bottom follow a beautiful shallow valley, with grazing horses, back through to the sunken lawns.

Natural beech woodlands rise above ‘The Dingle’ and the water gardens of ‘The Dell’ display fantastic specimens of long established water marginals. The meandering Bechan Brook flows through the Estate attracting Kingfishers on its way to the Lily Pond.

The Lily Lake Walk, Warren Walk, Great Wood Walk and Valley Walk have been created to offer something of interest to everyone.

Gregynog’s woodland Trim Trail or ‘Green Gym’ is located in beautiful woodland opposite the hall and a short walk from the main car park.Ten pieces of equipment create a circuit through the woodlands; which can be extended for runners by joining one of the four waymarked walks. The ‘Wern Walk’ which passes by the ‘Green Gym’ is 5.6km in length.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Welcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landingElectric car charging point

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs accepted

2 Electric Charging Points

Open all the time


Free entry

Car parking £2.50 per day plus requested donation towards the Gregynog Trust
Free for Friends of Gregynog (£30 per year for Family Membership)


Nr Newtown,
SY16 3PL

Location and nearby places


Plan route to Gregynog Hall and Gardens using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 085975  Lat: 52.56790 Long: -3.35174


From Newtown:
Entering Newtown from the South, keep on the A489 until you reach the roundabout at McDonald’s.
Turn left at the roundabout (keeping McDonalds on your left).
Go over the river bridge following signs for the hospital. Take the fifth turning on the right (opposite the Bell Hotel). Carry on up the hill out of Newtown for approx. 6 miles.
The entrance to Gregynog is sign-posted on the left just before the village of Tregynon.

From Welshpool:
Head towards Newtown on the A483 for approx. 4 miles. Turn right towards Berriew (B4390).
In Berriew village take the second turning on the left, sign posted Bettws Cedewain 5 miles.
In Bettws follow the road round to the right (keeping the New Inn pub on your right) sign-posted Tregynon 2.5 miles.
At the next T junction the entrance to Gregynog is sign posted straight opposite

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing
  • Electric car charging pointElectric car charging point
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

2 Electric Charging Points

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
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