Powis through the ages

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Slices of history

If our gardens seem a delightful surprise today in deepest Wales, think how much more shocking they must have seemed in the past.

The golden age

From Robert Clive in the early 1800s, to Lady Violet in the early 20th century, our gardens were transformed into 'a paradise in Wales'.

The garden today

Throughout the site, whether in design, planting or practice, the old sits happily and productively with the new – surely a recipe for success in any garden.

Meet the family

Are you curious about the rich and colourful family history at Powis? Take a journey into our past and find out more about the people that have shaped our special place.


From medieval times to the present day, we have broken down our history into concise chunks. Explore the fascinating facts and figures that shaped Powis.


Discover over 2,000 of our objects from artistic treasures to the everyday, quirky and bizarre. What will you find today?