Summary

Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.

This site has the following component area(s):

Powis Castle, Formal and Fountain Gardens

Powis Castle, The Terraces

Powis Castle, Great Lawn and Wilderness

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Brief description of site

The internationally renowned gardens at Powis Castle contain very fine and well-preserved late-17th-century to early-18th-century garden terraces, which include an aviary and orangery and contemporary lead sculpture from the van Nost studio.

The garden also has later historic elements, including 18th-century landscaping in the great lawn and wilderness by William Emes and the early 20th-century formal gardens and replanting on the terraces.

Brief history of site

Powis Castle gardens are associated with a medieval castle, which was transformed into a mansion from the 16th century onwards.

Location information:

Address: Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF

Locality: Welshpool

Local Authorities:

Powys; Welshpool; Welshpool

Historical County: Montgomeryshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 126 Grid Ref: SJ 217064
Latitude: 52.6497 Longitude: -3.15881

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily between March and December.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/opening-times/

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: castle

Main period of development: Late 17th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 10.1

Description

Owner: The National Trust

Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon

Site designation(s)

CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Outer gateway at Powis Castle

CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Retaining wall to courtyard at Powis Castle

CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Ballroom range

CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Marquess gates and steps

CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales Grade I Reference PGW(Po)35(POW)

Principal building:

castle Created After 1200

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Powis Castle

External web site link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/

History

People associated with this site

Designer: George Frederick Bodley (born 1827 died 1907)

Builder: Adrian Duval (Known to have been active 1703 to )

Designer: William Emes (born 1729 died 13/03/1803)

Head Gardener: Mr Jimmy Hancock (Known to have been active 1972 to 1996)

Sculptor: John van Nost the Younger (died 1780)

Architect: William Winde (born 1645 died 1722)

Features

vase

Stone vase

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Designation Grade II Designation Reference Stone vase on east bank of gardens

statue

Statue of Fame

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Designation Grade II Designation Reference Statue of Fame in entrance courtyard

statue

Peacock statue

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Designation Grade II Designation Reference Peacock statue

orangery

garden terrace

References

Organisations associated with this site

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

Cadw Role: Designating Authority

National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens Role: Designating Authority

The National Trust Role: Owner

Sources of information

Coflein website

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 'Powis Castle, Park and Gardens, Welshpool', <http://www.coflein.gov.uk/pls/portal/coflein.w_details?inumlink=6016081> [accessed 1 October 2007]

Powis Castle Historical Analysis Report

Tait, Alex Powis Castle Historical Analysis Report (1981)

Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Powys

Cadw and ICOMOS UK, 'Powis Castle Garden' in Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Powys (Cardiff: Cadw, 1999), pp. 216-24

Images

  • Powis Castle, the terraces

    Powis Castle, the terraces

  • Powis Castle, sluice gate and reflection pond

    Powis Castle, sluice gate and reflection pond

  • Powis Castle, the orangery

    Powis Castle, the orangery

  • Powis Castle and terraces

    Powis Castle and terraces

  • Powis Castle, the tazza

    Powis Castle, the tazza

  • Powys Castle

    Powys Castle

  • Powis Castle, the gates

    Powis Castle, the gates

  • Powis Castle Park, Welshpool, New Lodge

    Powis Castle Park, Welshpool, New Lodge

  • Powis Park Drive

    Powis Park Drive

  • Powis castle from the rose garden

    Powis castle from the rose garden

  • Powis Castle, the orangery

    Powis Castle, the orangery

  • Powys castle, the terraces

    Powys castle, the terraces

  • Powis Castle, Welshpool

    Powis Castle, Welshpool

  • Powis Castle, Welshpool

    Powis Castle, Welshpool

  • Powis Castle from the south-east

    Powis Castle from the south-east

  • Powis castle from the Dial Terrace

    Powis castle from the Dial Terrace

  • Powis Castle, courtyard

    Powis Castle, courtyard

  • Powis castle gardens Welshpool

    Powis castle gardens Welshpool

  • Powis Castle, Welshpool, the deer park

    Powis Castle, Welshpool, the deer park

  • Powis Castle, Gateway

    Powis Castle, Gateway