Must do in and around Welshpool 

Welshpool is a market town with a blockbuster castle and garden, Powis. Just three miles from the border, it also attracts fans of trains, planes, automobiles and canals.

  • Welshpool town centre.
    Welshpool town, Mid Wales

    Welshpool’s main streets are lined with fine Georgian buildings. Unusually, many have façades built of brick, brought in via the the Montgomery Canal or the River Severn in the town’s heyday as a transport hub. The small, hexagonal building tucked behind Broad Street was an 18th century cock-fighting ring. It’s very rare to find one still standing in Britain.

  • Powis Castle and Garden.
    Powis Castle, Welshpool by Powis Castle, Welshpool

    Partly medieval, but with grand 17th century interiors, Powis presides over the finest historic garden in Wales. It was created in the 1670s, by terracing the slopes below the castle in an Italian Renaissance style. Its quirkiest feature is a row of ancient, topiaried yew trees. From a distance, the castle seems to sit on a gigantic green cushion.

  • Powysland Museum exterior. Montgomery Canal, Welshpool.
    Powysland Museum, Welshpool, Mid Wales

    Squeezed into a modest canalside building, Powysland is this great little museum of local artefacts and customs, covering everything from farming to fashion. Make your way upstairs to the social history gallery for some fascinating insights into local life in centuries past, such as a set of 1950s kitchen equipment and a Roman recipe for stuffed dormouse.

  • Welshpool & Llanfair Railway transport.
    Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Mid Wales

    From April to October, you can ride a steam train along this delightful narrow-gauge heritage railway from Raven Square to Llanfair Caereinion. It’s a 16 mile round trip which takes around 10 minutes each way. For the ultimate retro adventure, book a Driver Experience course, which allows you to take the controls.

  • On a Sunday in June, the skies over Mid Wales Airport reverberate to the sound of vintage bombers and modern jets. Expect thrilling manoeuvres and an aching neck – the organisers like to say it’s “probably the best little air show in the country”. At ground level, there are vintage vehicles to admire.

  • Montgomery Canal. Welshpool.
    Montgomey Canal, Welshpool, Mid Wales

    Running for 33 miles, this late 18th century canal brings wildlife right into the centre of Welshpool. It’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, where aquatic plants thrive and otters, water voles and kingfishers are sometimes seen. An easy, 1.2 mile stroll with QR coded waymarkers and a 9.2 mile towpath trail to Newtown encourage you to explore.

  • Rally North Wales

    Rally North Wales

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    In March, the bleating of sheep at Welsh Livestock Sales is replaced by the bellow of engines when it becomes Rally HQ for a round of the British, British Historic and Welsh Forest Rally Championships. The cars drive to the Church Street car park for a ceremonial start, then tear off into the countryside between Welshpool and Machynlleth.

  • Crowd gathered along riverbank. Welsh Food Festival 2010. Glansevern Hall.
    Glansevern Hall Gardens, near Berriew, Mid Wales

    In a country estate which rolls down to the River Severn and the River Rhiew, Glansevern's 25 acre garden is full of colour and interest. If you’re in a romantic mood, you could wander through the wisteria walk, gaze at the exotic trees or relax beside the lake. Nature lovers can watch birds from the secluded, riverbank hide.

  • Welshpool Golf Club.
    Welshpool Golf Club, Mid Wales

    Welshpool’s golf club has a top of the world location with an appropriate name – Y Golfa (which actually translates as The Bald). With panoramic views of the Welsh borderlands, the 18 hole hilltop course is a magnificent spot to practice your swing. On a clear day, you can see Snowdonia. Visitors are welcome, all year round.

  • Group walking along the Glyndwr Way path near Knighton

    Group trekking Knighton, Mid Wales

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    This 135 mile National Trail loops through glorious Mid Wales countryside. It starts from Knighton’s Town Clock, heads northwest to Machynlleth, then turns northeast, ending at the Montgomery Canal, Welshpool. Most people walk it in that direction, but you could easily start from Welshpool and sample a section.

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