A thriving border town, Welshpool packs quite a
punch, offering railway and canal exhibitions at
the Powysland Museum, boat rides on the
Montgomery Canal and trips on the Welshpool and
Llanfair Light Railway.
The real treat, however, is Powis Castle, a magnificent Welsh fortress that has a stunning, terraced garden and a museum devoted to the life of Clive of India.
It was built in the reign of
Edward I by the Gwenwynwyn family but later
passed into the ownership of Edward Clive, son
of Robert, 1st Lord Clive of India.
The eye-catching gardens contain a Douglas Fir over 185ft high, which was once considered to be the tallest recorded tree in Wales.
Nearby Long Mountain, which is crossed by Offa's Dyke, has an Iron Age hill fort dating to 300 BC on its summit.