Attractions near Montgomery
There is a wide range of attractions near Montgomery. Although we have provided some information about opening times, we recommend checking the details (including admission prices) at source before commencing your journey.
Dolforwyn castle was built between 1273-77 designed to act as a sentinel over Llywelyn the Last‘s south-eastern frontier with the English lordship of Montgomery. By the late 14th century it had fallen into complete disrepair. Today, the castle ruins include the remains of a circular tower at the north east end of the site, with a rectangular keep diagonally opposite at the south west, and curtain walls. The tower is the largest of any known to have been built by a Welsh ruler. This is a fascinating place to visit, with plenty of plaques explaining the turbulent history of, and life within, this fortress. Access is by foot only, via a steep path. There is limited parking from a lane. Follow the sign off the A483 between Garthmyl and the turn-off to Abermule. Further information
This National Trust property features a medieval castle with a world-famous garden. It is one of our most prestigious local attractions. Try the 4-mile GPS walking route.
Powis Castle was built in the mid-13th century by a Welsh prince – Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn – who wanted to establish his independence from the aggressive princes of North Wales who were traditional enemies. Much later, in 1578, Powis was leased to Sir Edward Herbert (c.1542–95), the second son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Anne Parr (sister of Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII). In 1587, Edward purchased the castle and the estate.
Subsequently remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, Powis Castle reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. George Herbert kindly gave the castle and gardens to The National Trust in 1952. Both the buildings and the garden are a major visitor attraction. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the garden retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces. Also, a superb collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum.
Follow the road signs as you enter Welshpool. You can also walk up to Powis Castle from the centre of the town. Further information
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.
The internationally acclaimed, RHS partner garden at the Dingle is the lifetime work of Barbara and Roy Joseph. The 4.5 acre garden is in a secluded and beautiful area within mid Wales’ rolling hills, inspiring visitors all year round. The garden is especially well known for its colour-themed and unusual planting which includes lakeside, lawned and mixed bed areas that showcase a wide and unusual range of shrub, tree and herbaceous planting. The lake and the huge array of plant species make this sheltered dingle a haven for all types of wildlife. It offers a perfect opportunity to go bird-watching, take a relaxed stroll, entertain the children while they search out hiding places and dens, enjoy a picnic lunch, or simply gain inspiration for that next gardening idea. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Open every day of the year apart from Christmas week. The garden has something of interest whenever you visit. Head out of Welshpool initially following the signs to Dolgellau. Then, follow the brown signs to The Dingle.
The Dingle Website: Further information at the Dingle Website
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. Furthermore, The Chic Shed Shop at the Visitor Entrance stocks a beautiful and original selection of garden-inspired gifts and homeware. Glansevern Hall is easily located just off the A483 at Garthmyl. Further information See Glansevern on Facebook for updates
Castell y Gwynt is a charming 1½ acre garden between Montgomery and Llandyssil, set within 6 acres of land managed for wildlife. Native woodland corridors with mown rides surround a hayfield/wild flower meadow and a pool with turf roofed summerhouse. It also features an enclosed kitchen garden as well as shrubberies, deep mixed borders and more formal areas close to the house. The garden offers outstanding views of Welsh mountains. Bring good footwear and enjoy the walk.
Visitors welcome by arrangement May to July
Prior booking necessary as parking limited. Further information
Gregynog is a historic house with Grade 1 listed gardens set in the heart of rural Montgomeryshire. It is one of Wales’ premier country estates, and the former home of art collectors and public benefactors Gwendoline and Margaret Davies. Gregynog offers a welcoming setting in which people of all ages and abilities may discover, experience, participate in, and be inspired by the arts and natural environment. In March 2013 the 750 acre Gregynog estate was declared a National Nature Reserve, not only to protect the ancient oaks and the rare lichens that grow on them but to ensure that the many other undisturbed habitats are conserved.
Gregynog Hall grounds contain many different landscapes, including its renowned Grade 1 listed formal gardens. Each season, the gardens promise to deliver – a profusion of flowers from our daffodil bulbs in the spring, roses in summer, and the glorious colours of fantastic specimen trees in autumn. A variety of colour-coded woodland walks assist visitors to fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of the estate. The walks are of varying length and difficulty, weaving their way through the estate to offer tantalising views of both the Hall and the stunning Montgomeryshire countryside. Further information
Fishing and game shooting are popular sporting activities available at Gregynog. Visit the Fishing Wales website for more information on fishing. For more information on game shooting visit the Bettws Hall website.
Gregynog Hall also offers B&B accommodation.
Bryngwyn Hall a privately owned family house, offering luxurious accommodation for shooting parties, Simulated Game days, house and garden tours for groups, garden workshops, private parties, corporate hospitality, team building events, meetings, product launches and weddings.
Their Poison Garden, unique in Wales, has undergone the first stage of planting and contains some of the most poisonous plants in the UK including Aconitum, Oleander, Hemlock and Ricin. Further information
Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177 mile (285 Km) long walking trail. It is named after, and often follows, the spectacular dyke King Offa ordered to be constructed in the 8th century, probably to divide his Kingdom of Mercia from rival kingdoms in what is now Wales. Offa’s Dyke skims the outskirts of Montgomery. Further information about a local walking route
This 5.5 mile route takes you on an exhilarating steep walk to the top of Corndon and around the historical burial cairns. Corndon Hill is a key feature of the landscape East of Montgomery, as you can see in the photo. Shorter routes are also suggested. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. Further information
The Rhiw Valley Light Railway is situated 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, ‘Jack’ 0-4-0 Tender Engine, and ‘Monty’ 0-4-0 Diesel Shunting Engine. The railway is built to 15” gauge and runs for approximately ¾ mile round Lower House Farm alongside the River Rhiw. As RVLR is run on a strictly ‘not for profit’ basis, all donations and entrance fees are spent on developing and maintaining the railways infrastructure and rolling stock.
The railway is not open to the public on a daily basis but does open for Open Days at selected weekends May-October and for private bookings, including ‘Driver experience days’. Further information
( Location: Welshpool – 8 miles from Montgomery)
A 16 mile return journey by narrow gauge steam train through beautiful Mid Wales countryside.
We recently did this wonderful trip and you can see our photo journey diary here.
The 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. The narrow gauge allows for tight curves and steep gradients, enabling the line to follow the contours of the countryside. All 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. Further information
Samples of the heritage of Welshpool and area can be viewed at the Powysland Museum, housed in a beautifully converted former warehouse on the Montgomery Canal.
The displays illustrate the history and development of life in Montgomeryshire from the earliest prehistoric settlers to the 20th century population. An exhibition of agricultural tools, stockfarming implements and dairying equipment, reflects the fundamental part played by farming in the growth of the local economy and society. Further information
Visit Andrew Logan’s glittering, sparkling, fantasy wonderland, the only museum in the country dedicated to a living artist! Originator of the Alternative Miss World contests, the internationally acclaimed sculptor has work displayed in London, New York and Sydney. Private collectors include HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Elton John, Dawn French and Amanda Barrie. Disabled access, café and shop – jewellery and sculpture on sale.
Events: Jewellery Workshop in May, Jazz Evenings held in June and July. Hire the museum as a fun, unusual setting for that alternative Wedding or function. Telephone for further information.
Opening times (Berriew, Welshpool, Powys SY21 8PJ)
Easter Weekend: Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 12 – 4pm
June, July, August and September:
Saturday, Sunday and August Bank Holiday Monday 12 – 4pm Further information
The centre piece of the Flash is this superb leisure pool, with twisting 30 metre flume, rapids ride, spa pool, paddling and beach areas. The Galley Restaurant has a wide and varied menu to satisfy you and your family. Light hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, main meals and childrens meals are available freshly prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week. Tumble Towers is an exciting adventure play area for children and toddlers aged 2-8 yrs. Scramble up the spiders web, battle with the knights and slide safely into the ball pool in the soft play medieval castle. Facilities also include, amongst others, a fitness suite, spinning studio (Calorie killing at its best), and bowls hall. Further information
The Montgomery Canal is one of the most important canals in the country for nature; much of it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Welsh section is of international importance. The Montgomery Canal brings wildlife right into the centre of Welshpool.
The Canal and River Trust have provided a guide to the fascinating Montgomery Canal Trail which follows a 1.2 mile (2km) mile section of the Montgomery Canal. Montgomery Canal trail. If you’re walking the trail with children, download the free activity sheets. They are full of fun wildlife facts about everything from alien invaders to amazing amphibians, bully birds to ferocious fish. Further information
The unnavigable sections of the canal are ideal spots for peaceful angling. On most stretches you will find large tench, roach, bream, perch and pike. There are also carp, dace, rudd and crucian carp in the recently restored northern section of the canal.
Angling clubs and associations have fishing rights along the canal. A Waterways Wanderer permit can be obtained from British Waterways. The Montgomery Angling Association (MAA) lease the fishing rights on the Montgomery Canal in Wales from Tirymynach near Bank Lock (Bridge 109) to School Lane, Belan (Bridge 123). Visitors wishing to fish along this stretch of the canal should contact the club secretary who will be pleased to advise on how to become a member. Contact Mr. B. Jones, 13 Maesowen, Welshpool, Powys, SY12 7QY; Tel: 01938 554971. Further information
Long Mountain Centre is located in the heart of Shropshire, just a short drive away from Shrewsbury. A fully licensed family run centre, we have ponies ranging from small, quiet children’s ponies (12hh) up to large, cross welsh cobs (16hh) capable of providing an exciting and exhilarating ride for the more accomplished rider. All our horses/ponies are sturdy and sure-footed, suitable for the beginner and the more experienced rider. All treks are accompanied by friendly and experienced guides who know the surrounding mountains and bridleways. We offer hourly rides tailored to suit individual needs; pleasure rides, pony days, picnic rides and pony parties.
On arrival at the centre, basic tuition is given to all trekkers. We will provide you with a riding hat which complies with the latest health and safety requirements. Riders of all standards can enjoy a day’s riding; the pace is walk and trot with the occasional canter as the terrain allows. Further information
The stunning 9 hole course, situated in the heart of the Powys countryside between Welshpool and Newtown, presents some interesting challenges coupled with spectacular scenery from every part of the course. Amongst its most notable features are the proximity to the historic Montgomery Canal and the magnificent River Severn. With superb contoured greens, undulating fairways, beautiful lakes and strategically placed bunkers, Lakeside provides a truly wonderful golfing experience for players of all levels.
Commando Paintball and Border Quad Trekking is situated near Shrewsbury. They are a family run outdoor pursuits centre based at the beautiful Bulthy Hill Farm. Bring your picnic or bike up to the top of Bulthy Hill. Let the family explore the site before they come by visiting the Gamezone. All staff members and facilitators are seasoned professionals, and qualified instructors in a plethora of activities, such as Quad Biking, Paintballing, Archery, and Laser Sports.
Rage buggies as featured on BBC Two’s Top Gear and voted the best off road vehicle are the best vehicles on the market to get the adrenalin pumping. With the help of our experienced and patient instructors Quad Biking is a challenging and exciting day for all taking in the surrounding countryside, through undiscovered paths and hills. Paintballing is a sport that combines teamwork, strategy and skill into an exciting and action packed day During your day you will be set an exciting variety of objectives and missions, all designed to test your abilities to the full in a fun atmosphere.
Archery is a skilful sport requiring balance, poise, accuracy, vision, timing, action – they all combine in a test of nerve. Lasersport can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It can be played just for fun, or as a serious competition with people participating as individuals or as part of a team. Further information
This 10 acre site mixes the natural woodland terrain with a series of purpose built additions like trenches, forts and sandbag barricades. You’ll compete in a series of missions with your friends. Carry out your objectives and eliminate the enemy. A classic paintball venue and a fantastic day out.
The gameplay at this cracking site is matched by the excellent facilities, from the top notch equipment and expert marshals to the comfortable safe area and refreshments. A light lunch option is available for a full day’s play. Further information
Kingfisher Kayak & Canoe hire is idyllically located in Mid Wales, between Newtown and Welshpool. Take a leisurely self guided paddle down the River Severn or along the Montgomery Canal, enjoying its beautiful peace and tranquillity. There is an abundance of wildlife, from the breath taking sight of a red kite swooping – to the flash of a kingfisher. Herons and otters have all been seen on these beautiful stretches of water.
It’s the ideal place to come and spend a few hours paddling downstream, bring a picnic and enjoy this stunning area from a new perspective.We will collect you from our designated pick up spot and bring back to your car. Further information
Montgomery and the surrounding area offer a fantastic setting for observing wildlife. You do not need to visit a nature reserve to watch impressive birds of prey patrolling the skies, or the rich plant and animal wildlife of the hedgerows. The Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, however, manage a range of nature reserves and aim to help people engage with their environment. Follow the link to find out about nature reserves within a ten mile radius of Montgomery.