Christmas at Powis Castle

A Christmas tree in the Blue Drawing Room at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales

The nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping, and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to get into the festive spirit and there’s no better way than by visiting Powis Castle and Garden.

This Christmas is all about ornate decorations in the Castle, wintry walks, warming cups of hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, oh and let's not forget Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail.

The garden will be open daily throughout December and January 10am-4pm*, and the castle will be open 12noon-4pm until 23 December*.

*The whole site will be closed 24-26 and 31 December.

Please note: like many charities, we're facing unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic and have taken the decision to postpone our Christmas illuminations this year and we won’t be hosting our Father Christmas Grotto.

See the Castle sparkle

Step into the castle and see our State Rooms decked out in all the splendour of a traditional Christmas. From ornately dressed trees and lavish decorations glinting beneath the golden light of chandeliers, to a winter wonderland scene on the Long Gallery, there’s plenty to add some sparkle to your Christmas. 

If you’re visiting with children, see how many ‘Elf mice’ you can find carrying tiny presents through the rooms. Shhh, if you’re very quiet you might even spot some of them hosting their own Christmas party!

Please note: we are limiting visitor numbers inside the castle and entry to see the Christmas displays is by timed ticket which will be available on arrival; pre-booking is not necessary. At busy times we cannot guarantee admission to the castle. In line with Welsh Government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most indoor spaces, please bring one with you.

Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail

Embark on Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail through the garden at Powis Castle from throughout December and January 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm, while stocks last). Join in the fun with Percy and his animal friends and give nature a helping hand.

It’s a busy time of year for Percy the Park Keeper so pull on your wellies and become his helper for the day. Follow the clues with a note from Percy to help you find your way, and have a go at some winter tasks, activities and games.

Each trail costs £2 and includes a prize at the end plus a chance to capture your experience of the day. Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail is held within the garden where normal admission prices apply.

Winter walks

Pull on your winter woollies and blow away the winter cobwebs with a stroll along the Top Terrace, through the Edwardian Formal Garden or amongst the trees in the Wilderness, our formal woodland.

Take in the breath-taking view across the Severn Valley, admire ancient yews glittering with fairy lights, and explore 17th century Italianate terraces; they’re at their most magical with a fine dusting of winter frost.

The garden is open 10am-4pm (closed 24-26 and 31 December).

Follow our winter garden walk to see the highlights of the season:

Tasty treats

If you’re feeling peckish, we have plenty of festive treats available in our Courtyard Café every day from 10am-4pm*. From soups and light bites, to sandwiches, wraps, cakes and of course mince pies, there’s lots to choose from. 

If you’re looking to warm up with a hot drink or take one with you on your garden stroll, we’ll have lots of warming festive creations to choose from and of course we’ll have all your usual favourites available too.

Why not treat your family or friends to a festive afternoon tea in the Courtyard Café. Booking is essential for our festive afternoon teas which are available 11am-3pm throughout December. £18.95 per person or £22.95 with a glass of prosecco. For further information or to book call 01938 551927.

(*closed 24-26 and 31 December)

Shop ‘til you drop

Christmas shopping? Skip the hectic high street and wrap up your gift buying in our Courtyard Shop. 

Decorations, Christmas cards, gorgeous gifts and festive foods; our range has everything you need for a magical Christmas. What’s more, every penny spent in our shop remains at Powis, helping us to continue looking after this special place for everyone, for ever – thank you for putting a sparkle in our Christmas too.

Our Courtyard Shop is open 10am-4pm (closed from 24-31 December).

See the What’s On section of our website  for the latest information about winter activities at Powis.