The National Trust (NT) owned Powis Castle near Welshpool, Powys, Wales has been voted the best place to take a walk in a competition organised by the UK’s conservation and heritage charity.
Promoted in a You Tube video by TV weather presenter Sian Lloyd, Powis Castle fought off competition to become the best NT place to take a walk. The mid-Wales venue secured 40% of the votes cast in the poll which involved seven other properties owned by the heritage and conservation charity, including the wildlife haven of Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire and the reputedly haunted Ham House at Richmond upon Thames on the outskirts of London.
Powis Castle dates back to mediaeval times and was once a military base for the princes of Powys before being bought by Sir Edward Herbert in 1587. The castle on the rock has been lived in almost continuously since then and was bequeathed to the NT in 1952.
Its terraces, which date back to the seventeenth century and spread across some 26 acres, are described by The Garden and Landscape Guide as being the “nearest thing to a Tuscan renaissance garden in the British Isles”
Generally open from the beginning of March until the end of December the costs of entry to the castle gardens are: £8.20 per adult, £4.10 per child along with family admission starting at £12.40 although, of course, entry for NT members is free.