Initially an earth-and-timber structure guarding an important ford in the River Severn, Montgomery was considered a suitable spot for the building of an ‘impregnable castle’ in the 1220s. Building and modifications continued for another 30 or so years, but the final conquest of Wales by Edward I meant the castle lost much of its importance. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: 1 disabled parking space
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily Jul-15 Sep, 10-9; 16 Sep-Mar, 10-4; Apr-Jun, 10-6 (last admission 30mins before close ) Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan
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About the area
The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.
This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it.
Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.
Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.
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