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Montgomery Castle

Montgomery Castle

Image Credit: Visit Mid Wales
Montgomery Castle

Castle, free entry

SY15 6HN



Perhaps it’s something to do with its location, on a steep crag above a pretty Georgian town with all-seeing views across the Welsh border. Commenced around 1223 on the orders of Henry III in response to the growing power of Welsh native prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great), Montgomery’s stone castle replaced a nearby wooden fort known as Hen Domen. Perched on its rocky ridge, this new fortress was significantly sturdier and more sophisticated, with a stone inner ward, well, deep defensive ditches crossed by drawbridges and walled town.

The castle remained in use for centuries, surviving attacks by Llywelyn in 1228 and 1231 and Llywelyn’s son Dafydd in 1245. The castle’s ultimate end came during the Civil War, when it fell to the Parliamentarians and was demolished in 1649, leaving just the crumbling towers and low walls that stand today.

Coach parties acceptedAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 April - 30 September Daily 10.00am - 6.00pm.
1 October - 31 March Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

This monument is open and free to visit with no pre-booking required.


Free entry




SY15 6HN

Location and nearby places


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Map reference: SO 221967  Lat: 52.56281 Long: -3.14934


Montgomery Castle is located high above the town centre, at the top of Arthur Street.
Rail Welshpool 8m (12.9km)

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Welshpool station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
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