Visit a castle, have a picnic and explore the gardens: Powis Castle is a great family day out.
High on a hill overlooking the town of Welshpool in Powys is Powis Castle.
This was once a medieval stronghold, and has over 700 years of history. Now it’s a great place to take the kids 😉
Unlike some other historic buildings, there’s not great many rooms to see, but well worth a visit.
There will often be a ‘hunt’ of some kind for the children to complete, so check when you enter.
When we just visited the kids had to spot 68 mice that were hiding (soft toys, not real ones!). They had to find 8 special mice.
Get your kids to spot Welsh dragons. They are hidden all over the place. Some are obvious, like these fabulous door knockers, others are more subtle (hint: look at some of the rain water pipes).
On a sunny day this is a great place to sit outside and have a drink.
Allow yourself plenty of time to visit the gardens, and take a picnic.
Our advice is visit the castle first, then someone (usually Dad in my case) pops back to the car and get the picnic.
The gardens are built into the side of the steep hill that the castle sits on, and descends into a large flat area.
There’s a formal raised terrace that overlooks the gardens, and has an old greenhouse built into the terrace. The terrace can be a real sunspot, and a good place to have a picnic if the ground is wet.
You descend from the terrace through archways in giant hedges, and down to the lower garden. This is a great path for children (and grown-ups). It’s a real fairytale walk.
At the lower garden you have many different areas: formal garden, fountain garden, croquet lawn – there’s lots of exploring to do and many places to have a picnic and chill out in Summer.
During the Summer months there’s also a coffee shop in the lower gardens, as well as toilets and baby changing facilities so there’s no need to dash back up the hill in a hurry!
The gardens also include a small hill, which has walks and view points. There are many paths through the woods here, which all lead back to large pond, not too far from where you entered the gardens.
There are a few things to find in the gardens: a plunge pool, a giant stone foot, a pet cemetery, and an ice house.
We’re fortunate that Powis Castle and Gardens is local to us, so we’ve been here several time, seeing it in all seasons. It has always been a great place to visit.
Special Events: Christmas at Powis Castle
The castle had been traditionally decorated and was looking very festive.
Did you know that Father Christmas also visits Powis Castle?
Please check their website to find out when he’s able to see boys and girls in his busy diary before Christmas.
This is a National Trust property. Please check the opening times on their website (contact details below) before you set off.
We highly recommend getting a Family Membership Card. This easily pays for itself if you just visit a few places over the year, and with so many places to visit and things to do, it will give you and your family plenty of days out.
Getting in Touch with Powis Castle and Garden
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Where to find Powis Castle and Garden
Sat Nav Postcode: SY21 8RF
Latitude: 52.6506081, Longitude: -3.1582289
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One Final Note
Please note that as this is a castle on a hill, so expect some walking and encouraging small legs to get up the hills too. Fortunately there’s so much to explore that you can easily distract your little ones.
There are some steps in the garden if you have a push chair, but there is an alternate route down from the terrace that doesn’t have steps.
The National Trust also run an Access Vehicle from the car park up to the castle and also down to the lower garden.
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