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Out and About

The Royal Oak Hotel, The Cross, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7DG 01938 552217

Out & About in Powys

A travellers guide to North Wales


Powys is bursting with culture, history and attractions for families or couples,
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk

Powis Castle & Garden

Powis Castle & Garden


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Perched on a rock above the Garden terraces, the medieval Castle contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. It was originally built as a fortress by Welsh princes and was later adapted and enriched by generations of Herberts and Clives. This is a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. 

The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces. High on a rock above the terraces, the castle, originally built circa 1200, began life as a medieval fortress.

Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, it reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family - each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.

A superb collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum.

Please note, due to the medieval deer park, we regret no dogs are allowed.

To find our more and plan your visit, go to the national trust website.

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway


The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway was built in 1903 to link farming communities with the market town of Welshpool and provide them with an outlet for their produce. Operated at first by the Cambrian Railways, the line was taken over by the Great Western and then British Railways.

After 1931 the railway only carried freight traffic and was finally closed in 1956; but that was not the end. In 1963 a group of enthusiasts rallied round and began to progressively re-open the line until it became the railway you see today.

For more information on fares, timetables and to purchase advanced tickets visit their website.

National Showcaves Centre for Wales

National Showcaves Centre for Wales


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Voted Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, and the winner of all major environmental and tourism awards.There are three exceptional caves to experience - Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave. Each cave offers a unique underground adventure. In Dan-yr-Ogof you walk through beautifully decorated passageways for just under 1 kilometre; in Cathedral Cave you walk through enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago. At the end of this cave you will walk behind 40 feet high waterfalls that cascade around you in the ‘Dome of St Paul’s’, an exceptional end to a truly breathtaking cave.

In Bone Cave learn why 42 human skeletons are buried there, and why our ancestors used caves all those years ago.On site we also have one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models. Ranging from the ever popular Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs, to the lesser-known Tsintaosaurus. There are over 220 models to see – you are bound to find your favourite dinosaur! The Shire Horse Centre offers the excitement of two indoor children’s play areas. We also have the farm experience. Why not make friends with the gentle giants – our Shire horses are waiting to say hello. Include the Iron Age village, museum, stone circles, and you have plenty to see and do for all ages.

To find out more visit their website today!

The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory

The Spaceguard Centre & Observatory


The Spaceguard Centre is the National Near Earth Objects Information Centre and is the only organisation in the UK dedicated to addressing the hazard of Near Earth Objects. We are a working observatory, and the main source of information about near Earth objects in the UK. We are open Wednesday to Sunday, so why not Visit Us

The observatory is located on a remote, dark sky site ideal for astronomy, surrounded by the stunning Welsh Marches. On a visit one of the country’s leading experts will explain the structure of the solar system, why we have a problem and how we can solve it.

Tour Times

Conducted tours only, no unaccompanied access.

Open Wednesday to Sunday at the following times:

1 May to 30 September
10.30am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm

1 October to 30 April
2.00pm and 4.00pm

Day or evening group tours can be booked for any time during the year.

Daytime tours last for about an hour and a half, depending on how many questions are raised! Evening tours can last longer if the sky is clear.

Visit their website for more information.

Kerry Vale Vineyard

Kerry Vale Vineyard


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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 tea.

To find out more and book your tour visit their website here.

Glansevern Hall Gardens

Glansevern Hall Gardens


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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 Cafe, 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.

Opening Times

The Gardens will be open daily, Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays, from 10:30am - 5pm.

To find out more or book your visit, go to their website.

Welshpool Golf Course

Welshpool Golf Course


 

First established in 1894 in Deer Park, Powis Castle, Welshpool Golf Club relocated to Red Bank on the outskirts of the town before finally moving to its current location on the Golfa Hill in 1930.

This James Braid designed course is situated just across the border from England into Mid Wales on the A458, 3 miles outside of Welshpool. The 18 holes that make up this magnificent course, once played won’t be forgotten in a hurry. The views are simply spectacular, a panoramic vista of miles of welsh hillside and farmland with the mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop.

The clubhouse offers a guaranteed warm welcome with plenty of room for large societies and home cooked Welsh fare ready for the hungry golfer.

The renowned golfing writer Bernard Darwin OBE sums up Welshpool Golf Club beautifully “The fact is that it is almost as impossible to describe the course as to describe the view; it is so unexpected, so unlike anything else, perched on the roof of the world. It is a beautiful place and I realised how incomplete had been my golfing education until I had seen it".

For those desiring some variety in their golfing schedules it doesn’t come any more exciting than this. 

Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle


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A stark symbol of power, Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 during the reign of the conquering Edward I to subdue the last princes of Wales. Built on an outcrop above the meeting point of the rivers Dee and Ceiriog, the imposing silhouette of the castle was a brooding statement of English intent in these disputed lands.

With over 700 years of history, and as the last castle from this period still lived in today, Chirk Castle's many occupants have left behind lavish interiors and a beautiful and eclectic collection. The state rooms include a 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century saloon with rich tapestries, servants' hall, and the restored East Range, containing the library and 1920s style Bow Room showing off Chirk Castle’s connections to high society.

The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground – perfect for a stroll. Don't miss the terrace overlooking the 18thcentury ha-ha at the bottom of the garden, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

To find our more or plan your visit, go to the national trust website.

Aberdovey

Aberdovey


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Aberdyfi boasts some of the finest beaches in Britain with four miles of golden sand-dune backed shoreline running north to Tywyn. The beaches are popular with sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and fishermen while the estuary attracts a wide range of watersports enthusiasts.  The Royal Oak is the ideal base for visiting Aberdovey as it is just over an hour's drive from the hotel on a scenic and colourful drive. 


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