Explore the ruins of Montgomery Castle which clings to the side of a cliff. When you’ve worked up a thirst, visit one of the quaint tea shops for cake and scones or afternoon tea.
Checkers Cafe in Montgomery is a great place for that extra special treat!
There’s a farmers’ market Every Thursday which spills out onto the market square with the aromas of freshly cooked produce drifting all the way up the winding street.
Experience the Shropshire Hills Through Time exhibition in Craven Arms’ Discovery Centre. From start to finish, use all of your senses to explore the Ice Age through to the present day. There are 30 acres of riverside Meadows. Walk and cycle through the trees, past our dragonfly and butterfly hotspots and along our River Onny. Enjoy our all ability access paths, perfect for wheelchairs and pushchairs so everyone can enjoy being in the great outdoors. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the meadows so you can enjoy your picnic or food from the café on our benches.
This lovely town on the banks of a river with same name boasts the ruins of a Norman Castle, the fifteenth century Clun Bridge, Trinity Hospital, Almshouses built in 1614, on Hospital Lane and a museum in the Town Hall, on the corner of The Square and High Street.
Clun is a popular starting point for walkers who wish to explore the Shropshire Way, the Jack Mytton Way or the local circular walks. A walkers’ car park is situated at the Memorial Hall.
Bishop’s Castle is a small town situated in the Marches, an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty on the borders of England and Wales. It has a long and proud history, a strong sense of community, and has plenty to offer the discerning visitor who values peace and quiet away from the crowds.
The town is an excellent base for visiting the Marches, providing friendly accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere.
Bishop’s Castle also provides many individual antique and gift shops to explore with many rare books/records and gifts. Take a break and rest your legs in one of the many cafes, restaurants and pubs. Why not sample the home brew of the famous Three Tuns Brewery (the oldest licenced Brewery in the UK) or the Six Bells Public House.
Bishops Castle holds a regular Farmer’s Market and Flea Market.
Bishops Castle Leisure centre boasts a 25 meter swimming pool a gym, sauna, sun beds, two squash courts, and many fitness classes from Pilates to body conditioning. There’s also a theatre showing weekly productions from adult humour to children’s entertainment.
Partly medieval, but with grand 17th century interiors, Powys Castle and Garden presides over the finest historic garden in Wales. It was created in the 1670s, by terracing the slopes below the castle in an Italian Renaissance style. Its quirkiest feature is a row of ancient, topiaried yew trees. From a distance, the castle seems to sit on a gigantic green cushion.
Welshpool’s main streets are lined with fine Georgian buildings. Unusually, many have façades built of brick, brought in via the Montgomery Canal or the River Severn in the town’s heyday as a transport hub. The small, hexagonal building tucked behind Broad Street was an 18th century cock-fighting ring. It’s very rare to find one still standing in Britain.
The Flash in Welshpool is another leisure centre with swimming pool and water slide, gym and many exercise classes to suit all abilities and needs.
Newtown, known in Welsh as ‘Y Drenewydd’, is the largest town in Powys (pop.13,000) and is situated on the banks of the River Severn.
Newtown provides the ideal base to stay for a few days to relax, unwind and explore the surrounding countryside.
You’ll find a variety of places to stay in Newtown and the surrounding area and local places to visit nearby include the nearby market towns of Welshpool, Montgomery and Llanidloes.
The small village of Berriew located midway between Newtown and Welshpool includes Glansevern Hall Gardens https://www.glansevern.co.uk/ and the Andrew Logan Museum (the celebrated performance artist/sculptor and originator of the Alternative Miss World, has a museum in nearby Berriew) https://andrewloganmuseum.org/.