Just five miles from the English border, among the beautiful hills and meadows of the Severn Valley, you’ll find Powis Castle & Gardens; one of Wales’ most impressive historic houses.
Built around 1200, and with its red stone walls rising dramatically over the gardens, Powis Castle is a sight to behold – and its history is no less impressive.
Once a medieval fortress, the castle was inhabited by the Herbert family from the 1570s, and each generation played a part in making the castle so unique.
The collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, and tapestries on show echo the changing times and styles throughout history – and at the castle’s Clive Museum, you can learn about Robert Clive and his son Edward (the 1st Earl of Powis), who were key figures in the colonial East India Company. The museum is home to one of the country’s most significant collections of Indian objects, which the Clives brought home with them after many raids in India and Myanmar.
In spite of this rather violent history, Powis Castle is a beautiful and peaceful place – and its gardens will take your breath away. Laid out in Italian and French styles, this is one of the most magnificent terraced gardens in Britain: clipped yew trees cascade down hills, rare flowers inject vivid colour, and dancing statues stand between elaborate herbaceous borders.
Once you’ve got your fill of history and have explored the gardens, you can enjoy a bite in the cafe and have a browse in the two shops.