So many people (me included) love castles, be they ruins where you can imagine what they once were or where they are magnificent family homes. Powys Castle is the latter and one of the finest places to visit if you are in Mid Wales. At number of castles in Wales were built by the English to keep the Welsh at bay, however Powys Castle was built by a Welsh Prince in the 13th Century. Finally in the 18th century the castle passed into the Clive family and is now managed by the National Trust.
The first impressions are amazing as you drive from Welshpool and see the fine castle on the hill. As you drive into the estate you get another fine view through an amazing gate (with of course the Welsh Dragons) of the gardens and castle. As with the majority of National Trust properties, there was plenty of parking (including spaces to charge electricity cars) and a free mini bus shuttle to the main entrance for those that couldn’t walk from the car park. You can choose to visit the gardens and/or the castle itself with the fine artifacts in the Clive Museum.
Through the main gateway is the external courtyard with the far reaching views across Powys. Personally I would visit the castle first as this doesn’t take long, giving you more time to enjoy the world famous gardens. You can wonder around the castle at your own pace or take a guided tour with very knowledgable guides. Not all of the rooms are open to the public, but those that are, are well worth a visit.
The main feature however, is the famous terraced gardens. With its colourful borders, yew trees and topiary and lawned areas, the pictures just don’t do it justice and is a garden you have to see for yourself.
Overall, it is an amazing place to visit for all ages. The is a National Trust shop and cafe available should you feel the need to shop and relax with a coffee etc. For more information on opening times and prices, please visit the National Trust Website.