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The opulent state rooms and formal gardens at Powis Castle tell us much about the wealthy Herbert family who made the castle their home for hundreds of years, transforming it from a medieval fortress into the comfortable family home you see today, furnished with sumptuous fabrics and exquisite works of art from around the world.

Yet, scratch beneath the surface and the castle hides an unexpected Second World War story of the Welsh Girls School which was evacuated to the castle.

Step back in time and hear the voices of the castle, the family and the schoolgirls, to discover more.

Come to enjoy a free day out, and explore the castle or take time to relax in the glorious garden. Step into the past in the school classroom, sit on the beds in the recreated dorm room, or make yourself at home in the common room. You can also visit the castle’s second floor which has been closed to visitors until this year.

There's plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including a children's trail in the castle and gardens.

Address - Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, SY21 8RF.

Signposted from A483; enter by first drive gate on right. Sat nav: postcode misdirects, enter Powis Castle.

Please note there are steps to enter the castle (no lift).