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Attractions Close to Montgomery, Powys and Shropshire

Holly Cottage is conveniently located close to a number of outstanding heritage sites with wonderful scenery across Montgomeryshire, Powys and Shropshire, Mid Wales

The following attractions are within about an hour's drive of our self catering accommodation. More information about the attractions are available in the holiday cottage and we can often give advice as we have visited most of them ourselves. The following is a small selection of local attractions. Please ask for details and maps.

Castles and Abbey Ruins

Wales is often called the "Land of Castles" and has some of the finest examples of medieval castle construction. Within a short distance of The Forest there are 3 significant castle ruins to explore.

  • Dolforwyn: Built in 1273 with tower overlooking the Severn

  • Clun: built in the motte and bailey style around the 1100’s

  • Montgomery: Built in 1224 including a mote and drawbridge

  • Abbey-Cwn-Hir: Llandrindod Wells - Village, Cistercian Abbey ruins

  • Whittington Castle: 12th century castle with Elizabethan dwelling

Montgomery Canal

The Montgomery Canal, derelict for many years, is now being reborn as a cruiseway through the picturesque Welsh Marches. From its junction with the Llangollen Canal at Welsh Frankton, the Montgomery meanders southwards for 35 miles towards Newtown. The canal is a true haven for wildlife and tranquillity with many Sites of Special Scientific Interest along the way. The path along the canal is great for walking or cycling and there are plenty of good pubs along the way.



The nearest beaches are at Cardigan Bay about an hours drive away. Aberdovey and Borth are both Blue Flag sandy beaches with lots to offer the family.

Aberdyfi is a thriving little harbour resort with golden sandy beaches within the Snowdonia National Park. There is crab fishing from the pier, many water sports and a steam railway nearby. 

Borth consists of three miles of gently shelving golden sand with great surfing and impressive sand dunes at the Dyfi National Nature Reserve end.

Powis Castle

Powis Castle near Welshpool is a medieval castle originally built as a fortress by welsh princes. Powis Castle was built around 1200 and houses a beautiful collection of textiles, bronzes, ivory and jade from India. The gardens are beautiful and have amazing views over the surrounding countryside. The World Famous 17th century terrace garden is laid out with heavy influences from the Italian and French styles and has a collection of rare plants.


Stokesay Castle Medieval Manor House

Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined.
Set amid peaceful countryside near Craven Arms it forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the parish church. The castle has two towers joined by a buttressed Great Banqueting Hall, with long, gothic, gabled windows. Massive roof timbers, made from whole trees dominate the Great Hall.

Steam trains of Wales

Steam railways are the perfect way to see the beautiful countryside and often give you the chance to see deer and birds of prey, heron, kingfisher and even otters. Many lines have been reclaimed over the years by groups of dedicated enthusiasts and there are 4 within a 1 hour drive of Holly Cottage


Open Gardens

Mid Wales has many beautiful gardens open to the public and  Within a short walk of The Forest we have Cwm-Weeg which is one of several noted gardens close to us. Within a short drive there are several gardens which the visitor can enjoy. Larger stately homes such as Powis Castle and Chirk Castle also have gardens. Here are just a few places:

Llyn Clywdog reservoir and Bryntail mine

Llanidloes is an attractive little market town on the River Severn.  It is rich in history and is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Cambrian mountains, the Hafren Forest, and the Llyn Clywdog resevoir.  The remains of Bryntail, an old lead mine, nestles at the base of the reservoir.

The views from the top of the dam are spectacular and a footpath around the lake forms part of Glyndwrs Way. The lake hosts various water sports such as sailing, canoeing and fishing.


Spaceguard Centre

The Spaceguard Centre is a working astronomical observatory concerned with Near Earth Objects (asteroids and comets) and the threat they pose to life on Earth. It is linked to three robotic telescopes in Australia, Hawaii and the Canary Islands via the Net. The centre has a planetarium with a mini dome which seats 25 and a working model of the solar system. Day and evening tours can be pre-booked.

Museum of Sculpture

The Museum of Sculpture is set in Berriew,a delightful little village of typical traditional Welsh, black & white houses. It is a delightful and absorbing experience that combines entertainment, sentiment, humour and fantasy in a manor that is suitable for all ages. In keeping with Andrew's dream of creating a space that stimulates the artist in everyone, regular workshops are held during the summer months that encourage both young and old to be inspired by the variety of pieces on show.  Andrew Logan's work is the art of popular poetry and metropolitan glamour. It is an art which resounds with the exuberant excess of a Busby Berkeley musical.

A visit to Berriew makes a lovely day out, pretty walks, village, museum and 2 good pubs.



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