Montgomery is an idyllic market town on the England-Wales border. Surrounded by rolling hills, and close to reservoirs and impressive waterfalls, this well-preserved Norman town has been lovingly crowned the “gateway to mid-Wales”.
Visitors should expect to be charmed by Montgomery’s 13th Century castle, colourful boutique shops and restaurants, and fabulous views across the Severn Valley.
History in MontgomeryBuilt around a 13th Century stone castle on the top of a crag, Montgomery offers stunning views over the River Severn to the west and Shropshire hills to the east. The castle itself is in ruins but, at the highest point in the town, offers the best views and is a must-see for visitors.
The buildings that surround the castle present a mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture, which give the town its quirky, unique character. In the town centre you will find an array of independent shops, as well as restaurants and bars that offer traditional Welsh cuisine at very reasonable prices.
The town hall is the last remaining Georgian structure of its kind in Powys, where Montgomery is situated. It is a beautiful red-brick structure surrounded by woodland and its ornate clock tower can be seen from various parts of the town.
Ffridd Faldwyn, a Iron Age hill fort, occupies a prominent hilltop to the west of the town. The structure, dating from 500 BC, commands the Severn Valley near to Montgomery Castle. It is one of the largest hill forts in Wales and an important historical excavation site.
Nature in MontgomeryMontgomery is nestled in the east of Powys, Wales’ largest county. Revered as the “heart of Wales” thanks to its luscious location, surrounded by mountain ranges and unspoilt natural beauty, Powys offers countless opportunities for adventure.
Brecon Beacons National Park is 64 miles south of Montgomery along the A483. The park offers opportunities to explore forests and climb the 886 metres to the summit of Brecon Beacons mountain. Waterfall Country is also within walking distance; here small and medium waterfalls slice beautifully through the forest.
There are 141 waterfall routes to explore in Powys and the largest is 44 miles west of Montgomery. The Pistyll y Llyn is a horsetail-style set of waterfalls, formed where the River Llyfnant falls from Llyn Penrhaeadr. The area offers excellent opportunities for hiking, cycling and exploring that all ages can enjoy.
The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, one of the most famous in the country, is just 22 miles south of Montgomery town centre. The 177-mile walk follows the great earthwork known as Offa’s Dyke. It’s believed the dyke was built in the 8th Century on the orders of Offa, the almighty King of Mercia, which is now known as the English Midlands.
Restaurants in MontgomeryTreat yourself to a fabulous meal at one of the more upmarket restaurants on Broad Street in the centre of the town. Here you will find one of the most prolific Michelin starred restaurants in Wales.
In quintessential, British-town style, there are also many cosy country pubs offering up traditional Welsh fare at very reasonable prices.
Enjoy MontgomeryWhether you’re an adventure lover or history buff, Montgomery has something for you. Steeped in rich history and surrounded by some of Wales’ best hiking trails, waterfalls and national parks, the “Gateway to Wales” is the perfect base for a truly memorable experience.