Our guide to Powys holidays
If you’ve been dreaming of wide open spaces, the kind of views you won’t find anywhere else and the feeling of being in ‘real Wales’, then a Powys holiday’s probably the place to start. Home to the infamous beauty of the Brecon Beacons, Offas Dyke and the Berwyn Mountains, this gorgeous region in Mid Wales pretty much has it all. The perfect adventure playground for a family escape, Powys is all about getting outdoors and remembering just how good it feels to discover a whole new world right on your doorstep.
Whether you’re happy to just get walking and see where your feet take you, or you’ve got your eye on something a little more exciting, the lovely thing about the region is that there’s an attraction and activity to suit every kind of break.
You’ll have your pick of scenic railways, so if you’re keen to take in the scenery without getting blisters then you’ll be able to enjoy the golden age of steam and some of the finest views in Wales. If you fancy a glimpse into the region’s history, Powis Castle dates back to medieval times, and it’s one of those days out that captures your imagination at any time of year.
Places to visit in Powys
Ok, so Powys isn’t only the largest county in Wales, you could say it’s also the most diverse. Part of the fun of discovering your way in Wales is creating your own adventure, seeing where your feet take you and learning new ways to spend your time in an ancient kingdom. But that said, there are some places to visit in Powys that we really think you need to add to your list.
You won’t be able to help but notice that the terrain in Mid Wales is, shall we say, rugged in places. And those dramatic peaks that make the area so unique are known as the Cambrian Mountains. The mountains actually straddle Powys and neighbouring Ceredigion, and they’re perfect for those long exhilarating walks. Part of their charm is that they’re virtually untouched, so you’ll be able to enjoy unspoilt views and the feel of being a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
If you’ve yet to visit the Brecon Beacons then we’re sure you’ll have heard of them, and we have to admit this is one of our favourite places to visit in Powys. So colourful you won’t need a filter on your photos, this landscape’s got it all. The Elan Valley’s home to a series of striking reservoirs and dams that together power the electricity for Birmingham, and it’s one of those areas that makes you feel small in comparison to the landscape.
Things to do in Powys
Aaaaaaah the things to do in Powys. Where do we start? Offa’s Dyke follows the English / Welsh border for 177 picturesque miles, and it dates all the way back to the 8th century. The Offa’s Dyke Path is a National Trail, and if you get the chance to wander your way along a section of it, it’s a lovely way to take in the diverse landscape.
And then there are the various steam railways that chug their merry way through the region’s countryside. There’s the Brecon Mountain Railway, the Cambrian Railway and the Heart of Wales Railway, so no matter which part of the region you find yourself in you’ll have a journey to the golden age of steam within easy reach.
The Hay Festival attracts literary lovers from all over the world every year, and it tends to take place from the last week of May until the first week of June. The festival sees some of the biggest names in the literary world head to the pretty little market town to share their stories with readers, and the programme’s always packed with events.