Things to do - In the Local Area
Dolforwyn Castle (Welsh: Castell Dolforwyn) is a Welsh medieval castle above the village of Abermule, Powys. The fortification was established by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Prince of Gwynedd in the late 13th century. It is sited on a wooded ridge commanding excellent views of the upper Severn Valley. Dolforwyn Castle is a fine example of Welsh castle design as opposed to those built by the English during their conquests of Wales.
Powis castle and gardens
With an amazing collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries, you might be surprised at what you find at Powis. Every item has an intriguing story to tell. The large Garden has wonderfully planted 'Italianate' terraces, spectacular yew hedges, lead statues and lavish herbaceous borders over many levels and sections.
Kerry Vale vineyard
Kerry Vale Vineyard is a small, family run, English vineyard situated on the Welsh / English border of rural Shropshire. Planted in 2010 and covering six acres of farmland, on what was the Roman Fort of Pentrheyling, the vineyard resides at the eastern tip of the Vale of Kerry - an area of exceptional beauty , just 3 miles south of the charming town of Montgomery.
We run vineyard tours three times a week and our Wine Café and Cellar Door shop are open throughout the season for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon teas.
Dingle Gardens and Nursery
The Dingle Nurseries is a long-established family run business serving the needs of the horticultural trade and private buyer alike. It began in 1968 when Andy and Kath Joseph started growing Christmas trees on an acre of his parents land.
At the same time Andy’s mother Barbie gradually began developing an area of their farmland into a spectacular garden which runs alongside the Dingle Retail nursery. Since then we have grown into a hugely successful concern involving other family members and a core team of knowledgeable staff who have been here for many years.
Our range covers everything from alpines and bare–rooted hedging whips to semi-mature trees and shrubs, with a growing area of over 200 acres we can supply and deliver on a large scale too.
Glansevern Hall gardens
Romantically positioned on the banks of the River Severn in Mid Wales, Glansevern Hall Gardens offer over 25 stunning acres of diverse landscape and exotic planting. The spectacular estate comprises a variety of garden attractions, such as the enormous lake, a cascading Water Garden, lakeside and woodland walks, the more formal Walled Garden, the charming Folly Garden and the secluded Bird Hide, set where the River Severn meets the River Rhiew. On your visit to Glansevern you can enjoy exceptional food, courtesy of The Potting Shed Café, which is situated in the picturesque Georgian courtyard and which offers a stylish, atmospheric and friendly place to relax and savour delicious dishes. Furthermore, The Chic Shed Shop at the Visitor Entrance stocks a beautiful and original selection of garden-inspired gifts and homeware.
Gregynog Hall is surrounded by 750 acres of grounds containing many different landscapes, including its renowned Grade 1 listed formal gardens. The Gardener’s Chronicle of 1912 described the gardens as ‘highly artistic and in complete harmony with the natural surroundings’ while CADW added ‘one of the most important parks and gardens in Powys, dating from at least 1500’s. In fact, the earliest record of a garden design for Gregynog was from a plan drawn up by landscape designer William Emmes, who worked in the manner of Capability Brown.
Bryngwyn Hall situated close to Welshpool and Oswestry, within easy reach of Chester, Wrexham, Shrewsbury and Telford, is set in 60 acres of oak studded parkland with the backdrop of The Tanat Valley hills.
For more information, contact us
Powys, SY22 5LJ
01691 648647 or 07967 821191
Offa’s Dyke National Trail
Passing just 1/2 mile from Montgomery, and following the English/Welsh border for 177 miles, the 8th Century Offa's Dyke National Trail takes you through changing landscapes offering amazing opportunities to catch a view of our native wildlife.
See our photo walk article for more details Offas Dyke Walk.
Corndon Hill walk
Climb to this prominent hill in Powys and enjoy wonderful views over the Long Mynd and Stiperstones on this lovely walk on the Wales-England border.
You can start the walk from a parking area just north of the hill, near the Mitchell's Fold stone circle. From here it is a short walk to the hill summit which stands at a height of 1,683 ft. The view from here is first class with the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Mountains stretching out in front of you for miles. On a clear day the Clee Hills, Severn Valley, Clwydian Hills, Cheshire Plain, Cadair Idris, the Rhinogs and the Black Mountains are all in focus. Corndon Hill Postcode SY15 6DE
Rhiw Valley Light Railway
Situated, not surprisingly, in the Rhiw Valley on the B4390 between the villages of Berriew and Manafon.
Founded in 1970 by Jack Woodroffe the railway is currently home to 3 engines:
“Powys” 0-6-2 Tank Engine designed by David Curwen and built by Severn Lamb
“Jack” 0-4-0 Tender Engine designed by Jack Woodroffe and Neil Simkin and built by Jack Woodroffe and TMA Engineering
“Monty” 0-4-0 Diesel Shunting Engine outline powered by a petrol engine out of an Austin Mini.
The railway is currently being maintained and operated by a small team of volunteers and remains in the ownership of the Woodroffe family. The railway is not open to the public on a daily basis but does open for Open Days and private bookings.
The railway is built to 15” gauge and runs for approximately ¾ mile round Lower House Farm alongside the River Rhiw.
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
Opened in 1903 to link the market town of Welshpool to the rural community of Llanfair Caereinion, this 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway now provides a tourist service for all the family and a welcome change from the rush of every day life. Built as a Light Railway to avoid some of the costs of railway construction, the narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside. Most of our trains are steam hauled, either by one of our unique original locomotives or one from abroad. The carriages too are special; those in regular use being from Hungary and Austria with access to the enclosed seating area via an open balcony - a great way to watch the world go by.
Powysland Museum & Canal Centre
Powysland museum illustrates the archaeology and social history of Montgomeryshire from the earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century. It’s housed in a renovated and restored warehouse beside the Montgomery Canal.