Budget Daytripping to Welshpool and Powis Castle on the Train.

Living in Birmingham means that Wales is not far from us. Before leaving the UK we were hoping to fit in some more exploring of the UK. Awhile back we went to Cardiff which was great but it was the only time we went to Wales so we wanted to change that. We did consider travelling to Aberystwyth on the coast or Chirk Castle. We did a little research and found that Welshpool had a cool castle called Powis Castle.


We didn't book anything ahead of time we just went down to New Street station in Birmingham in the morning and got return tickets to Welshpool. The train was 1.5 hours.



We got to Welshpool and decided to go to Tesco for a snack. We got hummus and a baguette which is a normal snack for us. It's cheap and easy.
The plan was to Google map our way to the Castle when we got there but I over estimated the quality of the internet data/phone signal in Wales so we were unable to find our way with Google maps. "No need to panic, people used to find their way before the internet. We can do this." We went to the tourist information centre and they gave us a physical map.
 Welshpool is tiny so it is easy to find the Castle and Powis Castle is not far out of the city centre at all.

 The footpath to the castle is paved. We saw a couple people out walking their dogs and going for a running. It was cold and raining lightly, so there weren't many people around.
 The castle was up a hill. The tickets were half the usual price because it is the winter season. We got the ticket that includes the castle and the garden for £6 each.
 There were peacocks running around. Castles usually have peacocks.

 The ticket office tried to sell us on the National Trust membership where you pay £8/month to get access to all the National Trust properties across the England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland has their own National Trust. It's a great deal if you are going to go to a Castle a month but we are leaving the UK.
We had to get a selfie with this excellent view behind us of Welsh hills.


We went inside the castle and explored all the rooms, the staterooms and the drawing room. There were oil paintings all over the walls and the ceilings. There was taxidermy animals and all sorts of old stuff. We weren't allowed to take any pictures. You'll have to see for yourself.

 After exploring the castle we had some coffee/tea at the castle cafe. Every £1 spent helps to preserve the castle as the signs remind you. We took turns filming each other drinking our drinks and looking at the brochure. It was getting a bit silly. We made a note to wallpaper a room with bookshelf wallpaper next time we get a chance.
 It was raining and it wasn't letting up when we were in the Cafe so we braved the rain in order to see the garden. We already paid for it so we had to see it.


 We took some serious selfies but also some selfies where we tried to look as goofy as possible. This is obviously one of our serious ones.





 We paid an extra £3 each for this view of Powis Castle. The view is nice. That does it for our time at the castle.
 Back in the town we tried to find the notable sights of Welshpool such as Bear Passage and the Market with a 50s diner. There weren't any customers in the Welshpool market, just us. It was a much smaller scale than the Birmingham market.

 We walked around the rest of the town and along the canal. It was fun seeing Powis Castle but that's all there is to see in Welshpool as far as we were aware. We made our way back to the train station and caught the train back to Birmingham.


 Going to Welshpool was a fun little day trip. There is lots of small towns to see all over the UK and it would take ages to see all of them but it's a nice change of pace from the big city life.
If you enjoyed our time in Wales, you may want to read our time in Cardiff. "Chillin' in Cardiff, Wales. Parks, Castle, Waterfront"


Comments

  1. The castle looks really stunning. Hope you were treated to some interesting stories about the people who lived there. I myself, personally dont like to depend on Google Maps and prefer human interactions the best.

    Cheers :)

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  2. Sounds like a good place to go on a day trip. I like the fact that the castle charged reduced entry in Winter - why doesn't everywhere do that ;-). Love the goofy shot of you two

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  3. haha peacocks?? The whole thing sounds pretty fun especially since there were some quirky moments! Pretty cheap little day trip!

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  4. I would've loved to see the pictures of the inside of the castle. To bad you were not allowed to take any pictures. Guess i will have to go check it out on my own. I love that there are peacocks just roaming around. Did you get close? They are not that friendly, right? Well at least i could say that in my experience.

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    1. Yeah the inside was pretty awesome. The peacocks wouldn't go near us.

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  5. Wow, what a fun daytrip! The castle looks amazing, and I love that you didn't have to book anything ahead of time. Too bad it was so rainy, but at least the crowds were small!

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    1. Yeah last minute trips are someones the best. The rain didn't stop us from having fun.

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  6. Never heard of Welshpool. Only Cardiff. It must be an honor to live in the same city that gave the world Black Sabbath!

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    1. We only heard about it when we google searched train stations! Birmingham is pretty cool! We will miss living here.

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  7. Lovely post as usual! I especially like the castles...have a soft spot for them :) Btw great selfies too :)

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    1. We search out castles everywhere we go. and Thanks. :)

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  8. Looks like quite the adventure you found yourself without wifi! That castle looks amazing, I would love to be able to venture inside.

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    1. Sometimes half the adventure is finding yourself the old fashioned way.

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  9. I Live in England and I'm ashamed to say I've never been to Wales. It's on my list of must visits this summer and this looks like a great place to start! Love looking round old castles - love imagining the history!

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    1. Wales is kind of out of the way and hard to get too. If we had a car we would have explored more. The trains to Wales suck.

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  10. This sounds like a great day trip! I've never heard of this castle or small town and as a lover of small towns I am always on the lookout for a new places to visit. Love all the pics of the castle!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! It was a great place to visit.

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  11. It looked like a perfect getaway trip. Wales is beautiful. Especially the countryside. The castle looked majestic. We are great fans of these mysterious looking castles which stand as a silent testimony to times gone by.

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  12. We had been to cardiff for a quick day trip on our Uk tour. We could not explore anything much of other cities. Welshpool looks like pretty calm location and the Powis Castle looks interesting. The lush green around the castle makes for an awesome stop.

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    1. Cardiff is a great place to visit as well! We have been before too.

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  13. Sounds like a fun place to explore, but it's too bad it rained so much! Would you want to go again on a nicer day, or was what you experienced enough? How far away is this castle from London?

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    1. We don't mind exploring in the rain. I think it is about a 3.5 hour train journey.

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  14. I reallly love castles since I was a child, from your picture it looks beautiful, and yes.. this place match perfectly with my traveler profile :). In addition the small town is really lovely. It worth a visit, isn't it? if I'll come back to England I'll take it totally in consideration

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    1. Welshpool itself doesn't offer a lot, but Powis Castle is definitely worth checking out. Especially as you are a castle lover like we are.

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