Welshpool, Powys SY21 8RF
phone: 01938 554338
one mile south of Welshpool, perched on a rock aboce its terraced gardens, the red limestone Powis Castle was originally built in late 13 century by Welsh princes. However gentrification by the Herbert family and then the Clive family (of India fame) transformed a fortress into a magnicicent house
This home was then furnished the castle with original furniture and fine paintings. Items brought back from India by Clive are in a special exhibition in the Clive Museum.
The grounds contain a world-famous garden with rare plants and enormous clipped yews. It was laid out 250 years ago following Italien and French styles and it also contains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary.
Later an informal woodland area was created on the opposing ridge. The parkland is known for its trees, which include the tallest tree in Britain, an 180 foot high Douglas fir
Open 1 April to 28 June & 2 Sept to 1 Nov: daily except Mon & Tues 1to 5; July & Aug: daily except Mon 1 to 5
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