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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • National Trust

Castle, £6.25-£13.75

Powis Castle

Powis Castle


Perched high on a rock above the world-famous garden terraces, Powis Castle, originally built circa 1200, began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys, who held onto their kingdom despite the threats of their more powerful neighbours in Gwynedd and England.

In 1587, Powis Castle was sold to Sir Edward Herbert who created the romantic long gallery, which is richly decorated with the coats of arms of his ancestors. In 1784, the marriage of Lady Henrietta Herbert and Edward Clive, son of Robert Clive, the conqueror of India, combined the Powis and Clive estates.

Today, the medieval Castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. It was originally built by Welsh Princes and was then the ancestral home of the Herberts and Clives. The beautiful collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum.

The Castle & Gardens have been remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years and reflect the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family - each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.

In the early 20th Century, the 4th Earl of Powis and his wife, Lady Violet, redecorated much of the castle and brought the garden back to life, introducing new varieties from all over the world.

The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants is laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles. It retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGerman signs/guidesGift shopItalian signs/guidesNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

2017 Opening times:
To 26 March: Castle, Museum, Shop 11:00 - 16:00, Garden & Restaurant 10:00 - 16:00
27 March - 1 Oct: Castle, Museum, Shop 11:00 - 17:00, Garden 10:00 - 18:00, Restaurant 10:00 - 17:00
2 Oct - 31 Dec: Castle, Museum, Shop 11:00 - 16:00, Garden & Restaurant 10:00 - 16:00 (all closed 25 Dec).


2017 Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets):

Whole property:
Adult £13.75 (£12.50)
Child £6.90 (£6.25)
Family £34.40 (£31.25)
(1 Adult + 2 children) £20.65 (18.75)
Groups (15+) Adult £10.60, Child £5.30

Garden only:
Adult £10.15 (£9.21)
Child £5.10 (£4.60)
Family £25.40 (£23.02)
(1 Adult + 2 children) £15.25 (£13.81)
Groups (15+) Adult £7.80, Child £3.90

Castle only:
Adult: £7.00 (£6.35)
Child £3.50 (£3.17)
Family £17.50 (£15.89)
(1 Adult + 2 children) £10.50 (£9.52)
Groups (15+) Adult £5.35, Child £2.67

Winter admission prices (1 Jan - 17 Feb & 1 Nov - 31 Dec):
Castle & Garden: Adult £6.90 (£6.20), Child £3.45 (£3.10)
Garden Only: Adult £5.30 (£4.80), Child £2.65 (£2.40)
Castle Only: Adult £3.70 (£3.35), Child £1.85 (£1.67)

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct Hallowe'en Pumpkin Trail
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Nov Father Christmas in his Grotto
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Dec Illuminated Gardens
Sat 2 - Sun 3 Dec Father Christmas in his Grotto
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Dec Illuminated Gardens
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Dec Father Christmas in his Grotto



01938 551944


SY21 8RF



Plan route to Powis Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 217065  Lat: 52.65056 Long: -3.15882

From the A483 roundabout south of Welshpool (junction with A458 & A490), take the A458 to Welshpool; driveway to Castle on left.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Welshpool station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed