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Visiting the garden at Powis Castle

Spring apple blossom with a lawn and the red stone medieval Powis Castle behind, Welshpool, Wales
Spring blossom at Powis Castle | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

Wales is famous for its rugged landscapes and castles but less known for its beautiful gardens. Stretching out beneath the medieval castle is one of the finest gardens in Britain. With dramatic terraces, an Orangery, an Edwardian formal garden and a peaceful wooded landscape, there is so much for you to explore.

Explore a Welsh garden this spring

Powis Castle’s magnificent gardens truly come to life in the Springtime. With warmer weather within reach, and as we welcome back much-loved wildlife, you’ll see a splash of colour on every corner.

Blossom and blooms

The famous Welsh daffodil blooms early and transforms our paddock into a breath-taking carpet of yellow. The magnolia puts on a stunning show every year, exposing its pink and white goblet-shaped flowers. As you stroll along the Aviary, witness the wisteria swaying in the wind, and as you enter the Edwardian Formal Garden, you'll be blown away by the pink blossom showering our beloved apple blossom trees.

Lady Violet, Countess of Powis, planted the apple trees hundreds of years ago, in her mission to make Powis Castle “one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful in England and Wales”. Violet’s Edwardian Garden with a croquet lawn, flowering borders and meticulously trimmed fruit trees, is still one of our garden’s highlights today.

A family walking along a path bordered by hedges, towards a tunnel in tall hedges, at Powis Castle, Wales
Visitors in the garden in spring at Powis Castle, Wales | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Explore the Italianate Terraces at Powis Castle

Beneath the castle and blasted out of the bare rock, are the Italianate Terraces which are considered the finest surviving example of a 17th century terraced garden in Britain.

From their position high up on the hillside you can admire breath-taking views across the garden, deer park, and in the distance, the pointed profiles of Long Mountain and the Breidden Hills.

The 18th-century Orangery

Admire herbaceous borders flowering with a profusion of perennials, dancing lead and stone statues, an Aviary that once housed birds of prey and an orangery with a grand 18th-century stone doorway that was once the entrance to the castle itself.

The Edwardian Formal Garden

This area was once a Kitchen Garden but in 1912 Violet, Countess of Powis, oversaw its transformation into a formal flower garden.

Here you can stroll along avenues of ancient apple trees, enjoy the shade beneath the vine arch, admire seasonal colour and relax as you listen to the sound of water falling in the Fountain Garden nearby.

An image of a person sitting on grass under a tall tree in the grounds of Powis Castle and Garden in Wales surrounded by white flowers
Find a quiet spot at Powis Castle in Wales | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

The Fountain Garden

In the Fountain Garden admire the topiary of the trimmed trees and hedges. View their long shadows in the low afternoon light across the grass.

Look out for the wrought-iron gates, a gift from Lady Violet to her husband George, 4th Earl of Powis, featuring the vibrant Herbert family crest of an Elephant and Griffin keeping an eye on the garden.

Huge hedges

It’s impossible to miss one of Powis’ most famous features, its 300-year old yew tree hedges. Looking back to the castle from anywhere in the garden you can see the cloud-like forms of the 14 giant tumps and the 30 foot high hedge will remain in your mind long after your visit.

Walk in the Wilderness

The wooded ridge opposite the castle, is known as the Wilderness. It’s less formal than the rest of the garden and is the perfect place for a woodland walk with incredible views.

Walk alongside great oaks, rhododendrons and exotic trees. Stop by the Stable Pond, the Ice House or the Plunge pool, which are surrounded by ferns. Uncover unique sculptures and admire the view of the castle across the Great Lawn.

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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