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“A great afternoon!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Powis Castle and Garden

Powis Castle and Garden
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Welshpool
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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.
Banbury, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A great afternoon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

I visited the Powis Castle with friends yesterday - and we had a wonderful time.
Ample parking. Very well signposted from Welshpool.
A beautiful place, both inside and out. The museum and castle, were full of beautiful rooms with oak paneling, ornate ceilings, lovely furniture and other interesting exhibits. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Wonderful views through the windows!
The cafe was nice. A little overpriced ... but not that bad really. Tea for three was just under £5, to give you an idea.
The gardens are wonderful - although the rain prevented us from conducting a full exploration.
Just three points - which didn't affect me, but may concern others ....
No dogs are allowed, apart from guide dogs ... even in the gardens.
As with most places like this, photography is not allowed inside - and mobiles must be turned off (inside) - even if on 'silent'.
The entrance fee is a little steep if you're not a National Trust member. The standard adult fee (for the castle and grounds) is £11.80, but they 'push' the Gift Aided option of £13.00, which includes a voluntary donation. There are cheaper options - such as castle only - or grounds only. I didn't take note of these prices, as we wanted to experience everything. There is also a family entrance fee - which again, I didn't take note of. (Details are on their website).
All in all - highly recommended!

Visited October 2013
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Lostwithiel, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

The museum was the best part with lots of interesting items. The house was less interesting. The room stewards were of mixed standard. The gardens are fantastic with amazing views.

The food was grossly overpriced. The national trust are trying to rip people off anyway they can!

Visited September 2013
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UK
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“Just go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

What a magical place. The volunteers in the house are knowledgeable and very welcoming which was great. The Clive museum is very interesting and worth a look. I was there on a fine but slightly chilly day but the house was warm. Do not miss the gardens and the amazing view of both the castle and the surrounding countryside from them, just beautiful.

Visited October 2013
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Devon
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“Spectacular gardens and views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This National Trust property rather off the beaten track in central Wales is an absolute gem. The gardens in autumn when I visited were a blaze of colour, the visual effect enhanced by terracing and the spectacular backdrop of the hills around Welshpool.

The castle, too, is awe-inspiring. Allow plenty of time to take in the lavishly decorated rooms. I'm not really into excessive panelling heavy tapestries, and ceilings painted with cherubs but even I was impressed. Due to strict light control on the furnishings and paintings the rooms do seem quite dark. There's a separate part of the castle given over to memorabilia of Clive of India.

On a warm autumn afternoon, it was very pleasant to sit outside in the courtyard with a cream tea.

We only spent a couple of hours here, having taken in the Welshpool Light Railway in the morning, but a return visit is certainly on the cards next time I'm in the area

Visited September 2013
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Stockport UK
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“Insight Into History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of visiting the castle and gardens while on a short break in the area. The terraced gardens were spectacular and even in October, there were still plenty of flowers in bloom. Currently, there is a guided tour of the gardens with the head gardener at 10.30. Some areas of the gardens are accessible for those in wheelchairs but the castle itself is not as there are quite a number of steps up to the entrance. The rooms within the castle have many of the original features with impressive paintings, furniture and artefacts. The rooms are dressed so that it seems that people are still living there, but have left the room for a moment. There is also access to photographs and letters which give great insight into the lives of the people who lived there. Volunteers in each room are also able to answer questions and give additional information. Further information about the history of the castle can be gained through a number of introductory talks before visiting. Another "must see" is the Clive of India museum based in the castle ballroom. There is a 15 minute introductory video which sets the scene and gives the background historical perspective before looking at the exhibits in the museum. The exhibits themselves give a fascinating insight into the East India Company in India and the battles that led to the establishment of the British Raj and Clive's involvement in this.

Visited October 2013
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