All aboard the history train with our heritage adventure in Welshpool. 

A vintage day out that includes a fairy-tale castle and ride on a steam train.

  1. Leave Shrewsbury on the hourly train to Welshpool, only 20 minutes away.
  2. A one mile walk along the main street brings you to the hiss and whistle of the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway, for a 16 mile (2½ hour) round trip around the charming Banwy Valley, leaves around 11am*, £13
  3. Back in town, the vintage theme continues at the Bay Tree tea rooms and Mollie’s traditional sweet shop, on Church street
  4. Half way along the High Street (almost opposite town hall) is Park Lane, start of 1-mile uphill walk, through wooded deer park, to the fairy-tale Powis Castle (allow at least 3 hours).
  5. Lose yourself in the Alice-in-Wonderland maze of terraces, hedges and giant yew tree topiary. Explore the castle itself – awash with fabulous fabrics and artworks – for the full ‘Downton’ experience. You can even take tea on the terrace. Gardens stay open ‘til 6pm in summer. 2for1 entry with your train ticket.
  6. If you have time, pop into the small but beautiful Powysland museum beside the canal.
  7. Allow plenty of time to make it over the long footbridge to catch your train home

Why not make a weekend of it?
You’ll find plenty of places to stay and relax