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Powis Castle and Garden
Powis Castle and Garden
Address: Powis Castle & Garden
Welshpool
Powys
Postcode: SY21 8RF
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Telephone: 01938 551929
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Description
Powis Castle & Garden

Medieval castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden

The world-famous garden, overhung with enormous clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. In the 18th century an informal woodland wilderness was created on the opposite ridge. High on a rock above the terraces, the castle, originally built c.1200, began life as a fortress of the Welsh Princes of Powys and commands magnificent views toward England. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, it reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family, each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. A superb collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum. Edward, the son of Robert Clive, the conqueror of India, married Lady Henrietta Herbert in 1784, uniting the Powis and Clive estates


01938 551929




2006  Opening Arrangements

Castle & Garden:
April 6th – October 29th
Thursdays – Mondays
(Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
During July & August the Castle & Garden will also Open on Wednesdays
Special Weekend Opening of the Garden Only:
March 25th/26th & April 1st/2nd


Castle: 1pm-5pm
Last Admission: Castle 45 minutes before closing
Garden: 11am-6pm
Last Admission: 45 minutes before closing
Restaurant, Shop & Plant Sales: 11am-5:30pm
Last orders 30 minutes before closing


During March & October Opening Times May Vary
Please Phone for details: 01938 551929
Admission Price
Castle & Garden
Adult: £9.60     Child (under 17): £4.80
Family (max 2 adults, 3 children) : £24.00
Garden Only
Adult: £6.60     Child (under 17): £3.30
Family (max 2 adults, 3 children) : £16.00
Free entry into the shop and Restaurant
 
 
Lawn Care & Repair, Demonstration
20 April
11.00 - 12.30pm
Normal admission price + suggested donation
Places on the event = 25
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 13th April
As we prepare for another year of grass cutting, meet the staff responsible for the care of the lawns, with equipment demonstrations and techniques employed to keep our grass healthy and hard wearing.


History of the Garden, Guided Walk
4 May
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 27th April
Tour of the garden uncovering the clues to the many changes in gardening fashions that have helped create this unique garden, whether from the formal garden period of the late 17th century through to the Edwardian garden influences of Lady Violet onto the modern day.


Plant Fair in the Courtyard
7 May
11 – 5pm
Normal admission price or for the plant fair only £1
The first annual peat free plant fair in the courtyard. A range of stalls selling a variety of plants and shrubs with the opportunity to purchase plants propagated from the Castle’s gardens.


Border Masterclass, Workshop
15 May
10 - 4.00pm
£75.00
Places on the event = 10
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 8th May
Spend the day with garden staff, as they demonstrate how the magnificent herbaceous borders are cared for, working particularly with splitting, dividing and staking during the morning. After lunch in the restaurant the afternoon will be spent at the nursery where, along with previewing the planted containers for the terraces, there will be opportunity to pot up and take home some of the herbaceous divisions collected in the morning.


Behind the Garden Gate, Guided Walk
25 May
10:30- 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 18th May
A special behind the scenes tour with garden staff discovering the tricks of the trade and seasonal tasks that need to be carried out in the garden during Spring.


Trees in Spring Guided Walk, Demonstration and talk.
8 June
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 1st June
Tour the garden with Jack Swan, former curator of Jodrell Bank Arboretum, and learn from his practical knowledge and enthusiasm for trees, looking particularly at those of seasonal interest in late Spring.


Plant Focus, Guided Walk
15 June
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 15
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 8th June
A specialist tour of the borders focussing on the many wall shrubs, roses and early herbaceous perennials that are used to good effect in the borders at Powis.

Care of Wildflower Meadows, Demonstration and talk.
22 June
11.00 - 12.30pm
Normal admission price + suggested donation
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 15th June
A chance to see how the rough grass areas have evolved into more diverse wildflower swards, and what we do to maintain and encourage further diversity such as the common spotted orchids.


Grasses, Guided Walk
29 June
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 22nd June
Join Clive Faulkner, Conservation Officer for Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, for a tour of the garden and discover the many different types wild grasses and flowers that have colonised the naturalised parts of the garden.


Behind the Garden Gate, Guided Walk
6 July
10:30 - 12.30
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 29th June
A special behind the scenes tour with garden staff discovering the tricks of the trade and seasonal tasks that need to be carried out in the garden during early Summer.

National Garden Scheme Open Day, Tours of the Garden
10 July
11am & 2.00pm
Normal admission price + suggested donation
Places on the event = 25
Meet with our current Careership students funded by the generous support of the National Gardens Scheme as they take you on a 'behind the scenes tour' of the garden, explaining there work with plants, history and


Invertebrates, Guided Walk
20 July
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 13th July
Join Clive Faulkner, Conservation Officer for Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, for a tour of the garden looking at the opportunities the garden offers for a huge wealth of insects, and how the work together with plants for the benefit of the whole environment.


Behind the Garden Gate, Guided Walk
10 August
10:30 - 12.30
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event = 20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 3rd August
A special behind the scenes tour with garden staff discovering the tricks of the trade and seasonal tasks that need to be carried out in the garden in Summer.


Teddy Bears Picnic
13 August
11-6pm
Normal admission price only
Bring your teddy and picnic along to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the formal gardens. There will also be a storyteller to keep you entertained and the opportunity to meet Trusty the Hedgehog.


Plant Focus, Guided Walk
24 August
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event =15
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 17th August
A specialist tour of the borders focussing on the use of both tender and hardy perennials in the borders at Powis.


High Hedge Capers, Demonstration
14 September
11.00 - 12.30pm
Normal admission price + suggested donation
Places on the event = 25
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 7th September
Accompany the intrepid hedging team as they demonstrate their annual work at this time of year in caring for the giant hedges at Powis.


Autumn Plant Propagation, Demonstration and talk.
28 September
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event =15
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 14th September
A chance to join and question garden staff as they collect and sort seed for sowing from the garden, along with an opportunity to view autumn propagation behind the scenes at the nursery.


Fascinating Fungi, Guided Walk
12 October
10:30 - 12.30pm
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event =20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 5th October
Join Ray Woods, Science Officer for the Countryside Council Wales, discovering the many fungi living in the garden, and their fascinating lifestyles, whether mushroom, toadstool or mildew !


Trees in Autumn, Guided Walk
19 October
10:30 - 12.30
£12.95 includes admission into the Castle and Gardens, NT members £3
Places on the event =20
Booking essential – Last day for booking event 12th October
Tour the garden with Jack Swan, former curator of Jodrell Bank Arboretum,  looking at the many trees of seasonal interest in autumn, whether from leaf, berry or stem.

Name and credits for images of Powis Castle
 
Reference: 143548
 
Description of image -  An exterior view of Powis Castle with the stunning Baroque terraces of the garden below.

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Reference: 143550
 
Description of image -  A view of the yew hedges which buttress the terraced gardens at Powis Castle. The garden was designed by Captain William Winde in the C17th but the yew hedges have since swelled and subsided out of their original shape.
 
Credit for photograph: ©NTPL/Stephen Robson
 
Copyright: ©NTPL/Stephen Robson

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