Welshpool is a market town known as the Gateway to Wales; with the River Severn and the Montgomery Canal, as well as Offa’s Dyke, it has a fascinating history. The town nestles in the upper reaches of the Severn Valley, near the border between England and Wales, surrounded by the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire and the glorious unspoilt countryside in Mid Wales.
Traditionally an agricultural centre, Welshpool has the largest sheep market in Europe, being recently opened in 2010, the feeling of a traditional hard working market town still remains today.
The Welsh Marches are steeped in history and all along the border, castles and fortifications stand imposingly overlooking the surroundings. Powis Castle is right alongside Welshpool, within walking distance of the town, and has a fascinating architecture, plus some outstanding gardens. See the Things to do page for more about this castle.
Welshpool has a long and colourful past, with many features and buildings of historical value remain, some of which are highlighted on the Towns Heritage Trail. A unique blend of shops offers the opportunity to pick up items difficult to find elsewhere; from arts & crafts to fashion & leisure, fresh food & wine and lots more. Quality local produce is on display in shops, reflecting Welshpool’s role as the centre of an agricultural community, promoting local crafts and items with a Welsh flavour.