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“The Mystery of the Upper Storeys”

Powis Castle and Garden
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Welshpool
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This medieval castle, originally built as a fortress, houses one of the most beautiful and extensive collections of treasures from India.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

We visited in November when parts of the castle were not open. As such we felt the entry price was a little steep. The Clive of India exhibition is excellent, especially if you like swords and scimitars, and the dining room stupendous. After that it's mostly below ground/below stairs: kitchens, sculleries and other murky places which, as another reviewer has noted, could do with better lighting. If you were to study the artefacts, soak up the atmosphere, and take in the splendid views and gardens, you could spend a good half day here. But there's a dickens of a lot we can't visit. What goes on in the second and third floor rooms of the main castle? Why can't we have at least a peep in there?

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Well presented collection embracing last 4 centuries although one wished (where possible) for better lighting of and closer access to some interesting articles accumulated and displayed.

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Visited Powis Castle and Gardens today and it is as beautiful as the photos! Beautiful castle on top of a hill just outside Welshpool overlooking beautiful terraced gardens and a large valley. It's absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend seeing the Castle and the Gardens (you can get separate or joint tickets). The Castle is impressive and has excellent views over the gardens and valley, also the guides in the Castle are very helpful and the amount of information available around the Castle and from the guides is really interesting and useful. The Peacocks, Peahens and their Chicks are also a must-see!
Would highly recommend :)

Thank Haz19
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

There may be some greater national trust gardens but the terraces of Powis Castle are a magnificent site from the opposite side of the valley. The castle is sited well and has many rooms filled with unusual historic artefacts, paintings and family heirlooms. The Clive museum has a superb collection of Indian relics brought to Powis by the son of Clive of India. The rooms around the house are rather dark, to preserve the delicate fabrics I suspect, so many of the treasures you see illustrated in the guidebooks cannot be seen in all their glory. The restaurant was Ok but nothing much was available the day we called for my gluten-free wife, apart from a packet of crisps.

Thank kishere t
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

A little treasure place, wonderful gardens and beautiful food in the cafe. The ceilings of the house are unbelievable, paintings that are so detailed they dont look real !! Very informative guides on hand at all stations to answer any questions.

Thank mmj17
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