Powis Castle's State Rooms
Over 400 years, the Herbert family enlisted artists to grow their superb collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture, and sculptures. How you see the castle today reflects their visions and ambitions for their home. 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.
The State Dining Room
The medieval Great Hall was transformed by Gothic Revival architect, G.F. Bodley, into a richly decorated Jacobean style dining room. Based on designs that George Herbert, 4th Earl Powis, greatly admired in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
See important family portraits in here, including marriage companion portraits of William Herbert and Eleanor Percy, 1st Lord and Lady of Powis from early 1600.
The Blue Drawing Room
Located at the top of the Grand Staircase and known as the Great Chamber or Saloon in Elizabethan times, guests would eat, drink and be entertained here. The room hasn't changed much since 1705 when Gerard Lanscroon was commissioned to the paint the ceiling, and many of its decorative features can still be seen today.
Spot the two fabulous commodes (cupboards), made from panels of Chinese lacquer by Pierre Langlois.
The State Bedroom
One of few in Britain to retain the formal layout of a bed alcove set behind a railing, this room was designed to accommodate royal visits. Its baroque character suggests a creation date in the 1660s or 1670s, although a royal occupant didn't stay there until the 20th century.
The bed itself is partly made of gilded mahogany and covered in crimson silk cut-velvet - a sign of wealth and status. Those who wished to welcome royal occupants would equip themselves with furniture covered in silvered leaf, which you can still see on the chairs today.
Plan your visit
The castle is open daily from 12pm to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm). Please check the opening times for the most updated information before you travel. Please note photography is not allowed in the castle.
Powis is a Welsh castle built by a Welsh prince, Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn (c1252). It survived wars and division to become one of the most prominent castles in Wales.
After exploring the castle or traversing the terraces, refuel with a tasty treat from our Courtyard Café or take home a gift from the shop to help you remember a great day out.
Visit the castle and discover more about the global collections at Powis, including statues, furniture and textiles from Europe, India and East Asia.