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WelshpoolUnited Kingdom

Welshpool is a picturesque market town in Powys, Wales, situated in the Severn Valley and only four miles from the border with England. The town’s buildings are mostly Georgian, but some are considerably older, going back to Tudor times and beyond. The town makes a great base from which to explore the spectacular countryside around it, and provides an opportunity to learn about the historical and cultural significance of the long-contested, and once heavily fortified, border between England and Wales.

Sport in WelshpoolLike most Welsh towns, Welshpool has its own rugby union club, Welshpool RFC, who play at the Maes y Dre recreation ground. They share the ground with the local soccer team, Welshpool Town FC. The town is also home to Welshpool & District Ladies Hockey Club and Welshpool Cricket Club, and has an excellent golf course at Welshpool Golf Club, with several other courses nearby.

Shopping in WelshpoolWelshpool has an eclectic mix of shops, with a wide variety of independent traders nestling in the quaint passages and busy streets of the attractive town centre, as well as a handful of high street chain stores.

As a traditional market town, Welshpool boasts a number of markets, including an indoor market at the town hall that is open from Mondays to Saturdays, with many stalls selling a broad range of products, a street market in Broad Street on Mondays, a farmers’ market at Coed-y-Dinas held on the first Saturday of each month and a livestock market held each Monday.

Eating and Drinking in WelshpoolThere are plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaways in Welshpool, offering a wide range of food and drink, from traditional Welsh and British fare to international cuisine from all over the world. There are also a number of charming country pubs and restaurants in the countryside surrounding Welshpool.

Places to Visit In and Around WelshpoolPerhaps Welshpool’s greatest treasure, Powis Castle lies less than a mile from the town centre and is in the care of the National Trust. This stunning medieval castle has an incredibly rich history dating back to around 1200 and is perched on a rock high above its world-renowned garden terraces. The castle contains one of the foremost collections of art and furniture in Wales, including a surprising collection of Indian treasures in the Clive Museum.

The Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is a narrow gauge heritage steam railway that runs between Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion. The line was built in 1903 but finally closed in 1956, until a group of enthusiasts first reopened the line in 1963 and began to develop it into what it is today - a fascinating glimpse into the golden age of steam trains, offering a relaxing journey through beautiful countryside.

You can learn about the rich cultural heritage of Welshpool at the Powysland Museum, which features artefacts from throughout the region’s history, from the time the first neolithic farmers settled in the area to the present day.

Top hotels in Welshpool

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Royal Oak Hotel
Royal Oak Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £45 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

Situated in Welshpool, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Powis Castle and within 12 miles (20 km) of Montgomery Castle and Llanfyllin Workhouse. Gregynog Hall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (131 reviews)

"Great value for money excellent parking facilities friendly staff great food"…"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Royal Oak Hotel
The Lowfield Inn
The Lowfield Inn
4 out of 5
The price is £85 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Situated in a rural location, this inn is 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from Montgomery Castle and 8.5 mi (13.6 km) from Powis Castle. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (165 reviews)

"Nice place good food nice people. Room to rear bit noisy due to kitchen extraction"…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

The Lowfield Inn
The Red Lion Inn
The Red Lion Inn
2 out of 5
The price is £75 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Situated in Welshpool, this guesthouse is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Powis Castle and 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from Montgomery Castle. Gregynog Hall and Llanfyllin Workhouse ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (73 reviews)

"Joan and Richard were wonderful hosts in this lovely little country pub. We used this as our base for touring around North Wales, which was just perfect. The food was great and plentiful, as was the beer (sore head, self inflicted!!) The beds were very comfortable and the whole place was spotless, ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2020

The Red Lion Inn

Popular places to visit in Welshpool

Powis Castle
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Powis Castle

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Powis Castle, owned by the National Trust, is located near Welshpool in the heart of the Welsh countryside. It was originally built as a medieval fortress around 1200, but the building as it stands today is a testament to the way in which it has been altered and remodelled from 1600 onwards. The interior is home to thousands of works of art, furnishings and ornaments collected over the course of 400 years.

Barmouth Beach
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Barmouth Beach

4.5/5(95 reviews)

Barmouth, on the edge of the dramatically beautiful Mawddach Estuary, has one of the most stunning beaches along the coast of Snowdonia, and is a candidate for one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

Lake Vyrnwy
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Lake Vyrnwy

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Lake Vyrnwy, a popular spot to commune with nature in Llanwddyn. While in this quaint area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Hawkstone Park Follies
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Hawkstone Park Follies

5/5(8 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Hawkstone Park Follies, a lovely green space in Shrewsbury. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this relaxing area.

Elan Valley
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Elan Valley

5/5(41 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Elan Valley during your travels in Rhayader. You can enjoy the bars while in the area.

Cader Idris Mountain
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Cader Idris Mountain

4.5/5(33 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Cader Idris Mountain during your travels in Dolgellau. Stroll along the seaside or discover the mountain views in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Welshpool

North Wales from Chester
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North Wales from Chester

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Reviews of Welshpool


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5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Sep 2019

We visit Welshpool to attend the sreamrailway gala and the garden railway show

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Aug 2019

A very nice town. Quiet with some nice small shops. Near to canal.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Apr 2019

Visited three national trust properties in the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Apr 2019

Definitely stay there again

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