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A pretty market town on the England-Wales border

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The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (Image: grassrootsgroundswell - CC 3.0)

Nestled in the picturesque Severn Valley, Welshpool is a great base from which to explore both the Welsh and the English countryside, being close to the border.

Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Welsh Marches, Welshpool has built itself up as a centre for agriculture over the centuries, and today is home to the largest sheep market in Europe, as well as being a lively and traditional market town. Market stalls can be found in the town hall six days a week, while a farmers’ market is also held every month. It’s also worth wandering the pretty streets, lined with fine Georgian buildings, adorned with wooden beams.

Pretty colourful buildings

One of Welshpool’s most popular attractions is Powis Castle, found a mile south of the town. Perched on a rock above spectacular garden terraces, Powis Castle was originally built in 1200 as a fortress for the Welsh princes of Powys. Today, the castle is looked after by the National Trust, and houses some of Wales’ finest paintings and furniture.

More spectacular gardens can be discovered at Glansevern Hall Gardens, found a few miles away in the village of Berriew, next to the banks of the River Severn. It’s home to more than 25 acres of landscaped gardens, including a water garden, a variety of exotic plants and a tranquil lake.

Transport enthusiasts will also love visiting the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, which offers a 16-mile journey on a delightfully quaint narrow-gauge heritage railway between Welshpool and the village of Llanfair Caerinion. You can even book a driver experience and have a go at driving the train for yourself.

Much of Welshpool life also revolves around the scenic Montgomery Canal, which passes through the town. This waterway is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and attracts a variety of wildlife including otters, kingfishers and water voles. A path runs alongside the canal, offering a 1.2 mile walk through the town or a longer route to Newtown 9 miles away. Modest in size but packed with local history, the Powysland Museum also sits canalside and covers all aspects of local life in times past, from farming to fashion.

“The pretty streets are lined with fine Georgian buildings adorned with wooden beams…”

After exploring these many attractions, Welshpool also offers a variety of places to stop for refreshments, including cafes, pubs and restaurants. Head to Coco for tasty coffee and cakes, The Corn Store for a great evening out and The King’s Head for a relaxing pub atmosphere.

Take a look at our complete collection of Welshpool cottages and start planning your perfect holiday in the Welsh Marches.

While you’re there

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

Take a journey through the lovely countryside on this historic narrow-gauge railway

Glansevern Hall Gardens

Take a walk in the beautiful gardens - dogs are welcome too!

Powis Castle and Garden

A dramatic medieval castle with world-famous gardens and a rich history.

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