Tretower Court & Castle
This delightful site comprises a stone Norman tower, with walls nine feet thick and a splayed-out bottom to make it difficult to undermine, and tiny arched windows. It stands among trees in the beautiful Usk Valley. There’s also Tretower Court, built in the early 15th century. You can admire the magnificent hall ceiling made from wood and the gallery’s sliding shutters. The building is mostly well preserved, although some parts have been reconstructed. There is also a recreated 15th-century garden within the castle grounds. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Cobbled entrance, gravel car park
- Facilities: Portable induction loop
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Apr-5 Nov, daily 10-5; 6 Nov-Mar, Thu-Sat 10-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). 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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