Powis Castle and Garden
Medieval castle rising dramatically above the celebrated garden
Find out about Robert Clive’s role in the East India Company and how he influenced British interests in the Indian subcontinent, profiting financially and materially in the process.
Powis is a Welsh castle built by a Welsh prince - Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn - (c1252). It survived sieges, wars and division to become one of the most prominent castles in Wales.
George Herbert, the 4th Earl (3rd creation) and his wife Violet undertook a comprehensive restoration of the castle and grounds during the Edwardian era, with the help of the architect G F Bodley. By 1909 the castle, gardens and estate were in their heyday.
If our gardens seem a delightful surprise today in deepest Wales, think how much more shocking they must have seemed in the past.
From Robert Clive in the early 1800s, to Lady Violet in the early 20th century, our gardens were transformed into 'a paradise in Wales'.
Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Powis Castle and Garden on the National Trust Collections website