Follow our winter garden trail at Powis

Walking trail

In the dark and cold of winter it's all too easy to slip into hibernation mode, but if you wrap up warm, you'll find that there’s plenty to discover at Powis this winter. Collect your ticket and enjoy this leisurely stroll along our Italianate terraces, Formal Garden, and 'Wildnerness’ woodland. There are plenty of rest stops along the way or recharge your batteries with a hot drink and slice of cake in our Courtyard Restaurant at the end.

A lead statue in winter at Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales


A map of Powis Castle's winter walk, Powys, Wales


Powis Castle Garden Kiosk


Collect your entrance ticket from the Ticket Office and enter the garden. Follow the path, taking a left turn at the end. Continue on this path along the Top Terrace which affords a great aerial view across the garden, Severn Valley and Breidden Hills.

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A view from the Top Terrace at Powis Castle and Garden, overlooking the Formal Garden and in the background, Long Mountain. Wales, Powys.


At the end of the terrace, take the set of steps on your right down to the Aviary Terrace. Be sure to admire the 18th Century statues of dancing shepherds adorning the balustrade on your right before taking the next flight of steps down to the Orangery terrace. At the bottom, follow the path on your left which leads through the giant yew hedge.

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Gardener cutting the 14m high yew hedge from hydraulic cherry picker. Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, Wales


Continue along the path that slopes between two yew hedges. At the bottom, turn left into the Formal Garden. Follow the path straight ahead, then turn right at the end of the path. This will take you past our holiday home The Bothy, a black and white timber framed building that was once the home of Powis’ Edwardian gardeners. Continue along the path admiring the 100 year old apple trees as you pass them by. Turn right and then right again to complete your loop of the Formal Garden.

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Two visitors stroll between 100 year old apple trees in the Formal Garden at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales.


As you leave the formal garden, turn left to follow the straight path between two tall box hedges. At the end turn right then immediately left. On your right you’ll see some shallow steps which will take you up into The Wilderness, Powis’ formal woodland. Continue along this path, stopping at the clearing on your right to admire the beautiful view of the Castle, terraces and Great Lawn.

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Two visitors admire of Powis Castle across the Great Lawn. National Trust, Wales.


Continue along the path, taking a right at the fork. Follow this path through the Wilderness, taking in the beautiful views of the castle as you go.

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A father and daughter stroll between the the trees in the Wilderness Powis Castle and Garden's formal woodland. Powys, Wales.


As you reach the Stable Pond, continue ahead keeping the pond on your left. When you reach the cross roads, take the steepest path which will lead you back to the garden entrance. After your walk, why not reward yourself with something delicious from our Courtyard Restaurant? Every penny spent at Powis stays here to help with vital conservation work, thank you for supporting us.

A delicious selection of cakes.


Powis Castle Garden Kiosk

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How to get here

Powis Castle, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF
By train

Alight at Welshpool, 1¼ miles on footpath

By road

Signed from main road to Newtown (A483); enter by first drive gate on right. Parking: free

By foot

1-mile walk from Park Lane, off Broad Street in Welshpool. Access from High Street (A490)

By bus

Services from Oswestry to Welshpool and Shrewsbury to Llanidloes. On both alight High Street, 1 mile.

Follow our winter garden trail at Powis

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets