Powis Castle

Powis Castle

Plas Talgarth

If you’re looking for a complete change of scenery, take a drive inland to the fabulous Powis Castle, which will transport you back in time to Wales's medieval roots.

The original castle was built in around 1200 as a medieval fortress and, since then, has been remodelled to suit the needs of each generation of owners with the Herbert Family at the helm since the mid-16th century.

In 1784, Henrietta Herbert married Edward Clive, eldest son of Clive of India, a match which improved the family fortunes and accounts in bestowing many exceptional works of art on site, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and textiles from India, East Asia and Europe. The castle also houses the Clive Museum, which contains one of the UK’s most significant collections of Indian objects.

National Trust Status

In 1952, George, 4th Earl of Powis bequeathed castle and gardens to National Trust.

Powis Castle is an imposing sight, sitting high on a cliff with its two 14th century drum towers intact and offering stunning views across the valley. Your visit will take you through the rooms, which are wonderful and filled with treasures, but the jewel in the crown is the world-famous Grade 1 listed garden. The Italianate terraces are considered the finest surviving example of a 17th century terraced garden in Britain.

Dogs are welcome at Powis Castle, but check before you travel as they won’t be able to accompany you to all areas of the grounds, depending on the time of year. Visit the website in advance for seasonal opening dates and times and for a glimpse into the wonderful world that awaits you!

Harlech Castle

If you’re inspired by Welsh history and castles in particular, a visit to Harlech Castle is also a must. Its location is jaw-droppingly dramatic, sitting on a sheer rocky crag looking out to sea, with the rugged peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia) as its backdrop.

Considered the most spectacular of Edward I’s castles in North Wales (with all four awarded World Heritage Site status), it’s a thrilling way to step back in time and at under 90 minutes’ drive from Plas Talgarth, well worth the trip.