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Family days out at Powis Castle

Christmas at Powis Castle, Powys
Christmas at Powis Castle, Powys | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Whether you’re visiting with children or grandchildren, you’ll find there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained at Powis Castle. Explore the rooms of the 13th-century castle or follow a garden trail guaranteed to delight the little ones.

Planning your family visit

Here’s the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out at Powis Castle:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available by the Garden Entrance and in the Formal Garden.
  • Due to the number of stairs and the historic interior, pushchairs are not permitted inside the castle. You are welcome to leave pushchairs at the castle exit lobby.
  • Bikes and scooters are not permitted in the garden for health and safety reasons.
  • Please note that photography is not allowed in the castle.
Little boy looking at Christmas tree, gifts and lights in the Dining Room at Powis Castle in Powys, Wales
The Dining Room at Christmas, Powis Castle, Wales | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Pull on the winter woollies and enjoy a day out exploring the historic landscape. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, from frosty walks and a winter trail in the garden to exploring a castle decorated for Christmas between the 2 – 31 December.

A Treasured Christmas

2 – 31 December

Extended opening evenings 14 – 23 December

Step into a magical Christmas display as twinkling trees adorn the grand state rooms. Be transported to eras gone by as perfectly wrapped presents sit beneath the tree, festive fireplaces full of greenery and handmade felted mice are dotted around the castle for children to spot.

From the 14 – 23 December and the courtyard and castle will be open until 7pm. Experience an after dark festive light display which will illuminate the walls of the iconic Welsh castle, before ascending up the historic stone steps to a memorable Christmas display.

Breakfast with Father Christmas

9,10 and 16, 17 December, booking essential

9:00 – 11:00

Get into the festive spirit and take a seat in the Courtyard café for a breakfast with a very special guest. We will ring the bell to invite Father Christmas to join us, before tucking into a festive buffet of warming food and pastries. After breakfast, enjoy the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree in the dining room, before Father Christmas reads a story to everyone.

Find out more here.

Festive afternoon tea

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea in the Courtyard Café from the 1 -22 December.

Indulge in a delicious range of sandwiches alongside a selection of cakes. Sip a warming hot drink, or if you prefer, choose a glass of prosecco or mulled wine.

A festive afternoon tea is £24.95 per person or £27.95 per person with alcohol.

Please call 01938 551927 to book and check availability. To ensure everyone has a great experience we kindly ask that bookings are placed with at least 48 hours in advance.

A Winter Trail : Gardeners Notes

Meander through the world-famous garden and discover notes from the gardening team which give top tips on how to look after plants over the colder months. Keep an eye out for wildlife on your route, you may just spot a red robin, birds of prey or Egyptian geese which can sometimes be seen as they journey to the Dairy pond.

Facade of Powis Castle showing the sequence of garden terraces below featuring massive clipped yews at Powis Castle and Garden, Wales

Discover more at Powis Castle and Garden

Find out when Powis Castle and Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Every inch of Powis Castle is decorated with intricate, beautiful detail. As you wander through the castle’s state rooms, you’ll be taken on a journey of eras gone by. From Elizabethan through to Edwardian, be sure to stop and pause in each room to take it all in.