Montgomery is a medieval town founded in the 1220s, and designated an Outstanding Conservation Area. Its historical importance is based on its medieval street layout and the well-preserved Georgian architecture. Many of the houses and walls in the town exhibit small plaques detailing Montgomery’s fascinating history. Montgomery has a lively community, with a population of only 1295 according to the 2011 census. Despite its small size, Montgomery is brimming with interesting attractions and experiences. In addition to the places and activities below, Montgomery hosts events throughout the year. And also, don’t forget to browse Montgomery’s shops.
If you are lucky, you may catch sight of Montgomery’s Town Crier Sue Blower, who is literally one of the town’s most colourful characters! We are very proud of Sue, who was a sole representative of Wales in the World Town Crying Competition in Central Otago New Zealand in September 2015.
All the following Montgomery attractions and activities are based in the town:
Walks from Montgomery
Here’s just a few…
If you like walking we have detailed some local walks that we love. We hope that the descriptions, routes and photos will help you to get out and experience the beauty of our surrounding area. See also this 4 1/2 mile walk on the AA website .
In addition, the walking group of Montgomery do regular walks out into the countryside from Montgomery and surrounding villages. We update this website regularly with new walks – revisit us to view more.
The Civic Society has published a number of illustrated walk leaflets with maps which are on sale in various outlets:
Post Office, Spar, Ivy House, Old Bell Museum, Welshpool Tourist Information Centre.
OK. The photo is of the Milk race when it came through Montgomery a few years ago. You do not have to be quite that keen a cyclist in order to enjoy cycling around our wonderful area. There are quiet back lanes, challenging hills, meandering tracks and villages for you to discover and enjoy, all with a warm welcome that is a feature of life around here. Cycle hire is available at The Dragon Hotel.
There are five cycle rides based on Montgomery, which are free to download.
The Old Bell – formerly a 16th century inn, a temperance house and a butchers – was converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society in 1981. An independent accredited museum and winner of a Prince of Wales Award, it is run entirely by volunteers.
Interesting in its own right, the ancient building houses an array of fascinating displays illustrating the social and civic history of the ancient county town of Montgomeryshire. In eleven rooms, through a wealth of eclectic and personal objects and stories, the collection offers an illuminating insight into all aspects of life within the parish over the last 1,000 years.
The displays illustrate the importance of both the Norman and medieval castles with excellent scale models and items from archaeological surveys. You can imagine what life was like in the workhouse and discover the tragic story of the great train disaster at Abermule in 1921!
Opening Times (1st April (or Easter) to 30th September)
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday (every day in August) 1.30pm – 5.00 pm
Saturdays & Bank Holidays 10:30am – 5.00pm
Entrance fees: Adults £1.00 Children (under 16yrs) 50p Further information
Read a fascinating interview with Gillian Rogers about her life-long passion for all things automotive: Gillian Rogers interview
The Cloverlands Museum in Arthur Street houses a sublime piece of motoring social history, lovingly compiled by Miss Rogers of Trefnanny near Welshpool. The Montgomery Institute now hosts this new ‘must see’ attraction. Through her lifetime, Miss Rogers not only collected, but built and commissioned models large and small. She visited Le Mans and the German Nürburgring and was a member of the Veteran Sports Car Club for many years.
See Cloverlands Facebook pages for latest opening days and times
Public holidays and for parties by arrangement, including schools. Admission £2.50 for adults, children 75p, under 5s free Further information
Why not take the ‘Discover Montgomery Castle’ short walk up from the town ?
Montgomery Castle is a stone masonry castle built between 1223 and 1228. It is one of many Norman castles on the border between Wales and England. In 1643 Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury, surrendered the castle to Parliamentary troops in the English Civil War. It was later demolished by order of the Parliament. Richard Herbert, 2nd Baron Herbert of Chirbury, the last Herbert to have lived at Montgomery Castle, was buried at Montgomery in 1655.
The castle offers superb views in every direction. Make sure you explore the whole site, and you can even take a picnic. To get there, it is possible to walk up a woodland path in front of Bunner’s ironmongers, or up the steep lane past The Dragon Hotel, or on the Hill Road to Llandyssil. There is a car park (open from 10 am) just off the hill road if you want to avoid the steep climb. Further information
Monty’s Brewery Visitor Centre is the ideal spot to enjoy your favourite Monty’s tipple, learn about the brewery and how they brew beer. You can watch a video about the brewing process and the ingredients used, and talk to the friendly staff who are on hand to answer any questions about the brewery.
Sundays closed Further information
Why not take the ‘Town Hill – Montgomeryshire Monument’ short walk up from the town ?
The Montgomeryshire County War Memorial commemorates those from Montgomeryshire who have been killed in past wars. It was originally constructed in 1923 to honour those having died in the First World War. Do take the time to walk up to this monument on Town Hill – it is well worth the climb! The views are stunning in all directions, and it is possible to see Cadair Idris on a good day. Opposite the castle car park, walk through the ‘kissing gate’ signposted to the war memorial. Follow the footpath up and keep going. After about 20 minutes the monument will come into view above a grassy mound. On the way, you can see the two lakes on the Lymore Estate from the path.
St Nicholas church in Montgomery has been a feature of the town since the 13th Century. The nave ceilings still show their original forms, and there is a 13th Century double Rood Screen mounted with carved angels. You will also discover the canopied tomb of Richard Herbert Lord of Chirbury and Montgomery Castle, who died in 1596. The gate through is Elizabethan, and there are some spectacular mid 19th century stained glass windows. The church hosts a range of concerts during the year, so you may be lucky enough to attend one of them and appreciate the unique atmosphere.
Open from 9 am until just before dusk.
St Nicholas’ Church is renowned as the home of the Robber’s Grave. Although there are several versions of the story, all agree on some key details. The robber was a young man, John Davies, who was hanged in 1821 for a misdemeanour. John Davies went to the noose protesting his innocence of any crime and declared that no grass would grow on his grave for a hundred years. Apparently, this was indeed the case! A wooden cross marks the spot, which now has grass growing on it!