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Powis Castle was built around 1200 as a medieval fortress by a Welsh prince - Gruffudd ap Gwenwynwyn - and it stands on a rock high above the celebrated 17th-century gardens. The National Trust property is situated in the charming market town of Welshpool in Powys, east-central Wales. Having endured wars, sieges and conflicts during its long and fascinating history, Powis Castle is now one of Wales’ most outstanding and notable castles.
From the 1570s, the Herbert family, one of the most prominent families in Welsh history, occupied the castle. The 1st Earl of Pembroke, Sir Edward Herbert and his wife the Countess of Pembroke, Anne Parr (a lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII's six wives and sister of Catherine Parr) leased Powis Castle and Gardens in 1578 and made it their family home for over four centuries. During the Edwardian era, George Herbert, the 4th Earl of Pembroke and his wife Lady Violet initiated a restoration project of the castle and brought the grounds back to life with the assistance of the architect, G. F. Bodley. In 1952, George Herbert, the 4th Earl of Pembroke, bestowed the grand castle and elegant gardens to the public under the care of the National Trust.
Each generation of the Herbert family have added to the incredible family collection of paintings, furniture, tapestries and sculptures on view throughout the castle. Come face to face with the Herberts as you explore the great halls, which are full of amazing portraits and family history, as well as paintings of emperors, kings and maharajas.
The Powis Castle estate has one of the most important and largest private collections of Indian objects and artefacts, which are displayed in the Clive Museum. Robert Clive had an important role in Britain’s East India Company and looted a great deal of these objects during its brutal reign. Over 1,000 items have been collected from India and East Asia during the period of British rule on the Indian subcontinent dating from 1600 to the 1830s, including statues of Hindu gods, gold and ornamental silver, ivories, textiles, ceremonial armour and weapons. With the Powis connection to colonialism, the National Trust aims to address this history and recognise and acknowledge its negative effect and legacy.
Commonly known as 'the paradise of Wales', the spectacular world-famous 17th-century garden at Powis was based on the designs from the English architect and soldier Captain William Winde, whose other works include Buckingham House, Hampstead Marshall and Coombe Abbey. Inspired by Italian and French styles, the magnificent garden has rare and sub-tropical plants as well as pomegranates and roses, and the largest and most exceptional yew hedges. It also has an orangery on the terraces and original lead statues. Visitors to Powis are also welcome to explore the deer park, although dogs are not permitted here. For kids, there is a den building area and a willow tunnel.
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The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest is a renowned charity and membership organisation in England, Northern Ireland and Wales that offers natural preservation for the most beloved heritage locations in the UK, including houses, buildings, coastlines, gardens and parks. With over 500 sites and attractions under their conservation and an ever-increasing 5.6 million members, the Trust is one of the largest wilderness and heritage protectors in the world and is now celebrating its 125th anniversary year since being founded in 1895.
With a National Trust membership, easily joinable via their website with family and lifetime options, you can enjoy free entry to all of their gardens, parklands and National Trust properties including the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, Knole in Kent and hundreds more. Partly owned by H.R.H the Prince of Wales, the National Trust aims to protect, preserve and develop the most treasured locations and outstanding areas of nature in the UK so that they can be enjoyed by visitors from across the world.
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