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Montgomeryshire is a mountainous county, most of it being in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. The mountainsides provide high sheep pastures, largely unpeopled but for scattered farmsteads and hamlets. Some high passes slice through the hills, where rivers and streams have driven valleys. The western part of Montgomeryshire reaches out toward the coast at the Dovey estuary, a wedge between Merionethshire and Cardiganshire. But ends just above that water. It is in this part of the county, in the Dovey Valley, that the town of Machynlleth lies. Machynlleth is a small place, but it once tried to claim the title “capital of Wales” as the rebel Owain Glyndwr once summoned a parliament here.

Weather Averages

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MARCH - MAY High 6.21°c Low -0.26°c Precipitation 0.06mm/hr
JUNE - AUGUST High 17.12°c Low 10.1°c Precipitation 0.06mm/hr
SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER High 12.21°c Low 6.01°c Precipitation 0.07mm/hr
DECEMBER - FEBRUARY High 6.01°c Low 0.5°c Precipitation 0.08mm/hr

THINGS TO DO IN Montgomeryshire

In the east of the county is lower land, a strip close up against the border with Shropshire. The main town is Welshpool, near the Severn and home of lordly Powis Castle. Montgomery itself, from which the county is named (and itself named after a Norman baron), is a village a few miles south, lying barely a mile from Shropshire. The River Severn runs northeastward through eastern Montgomeryshire before it turns east toward Shrewsbury.


Whatever the season, Montgomery has plenty for everyone. Discover the town’s heritage on our family-friendly Quiz Trails or find your path along the Montgomery Trails walking and cycling routes – with something to suit every level of ability. Why not test your navigation skills and go Geocache hunting (think treasure hunting for youngsters and grown-ups)! Take in the panoramic view from Montgomery Castle’s ruined battlements, explore the treasure trove of historical artefacts in The Old Bell Museum and marvel at the detail of the miniature vehicles in Cloverlands Model Car Museum.


Eastern Montgomeryshire’s chief town of WELSHPOOL (Y Trallwng), seven miles north of Montgomery, was formerly known as just Pool, its prefix added in 1835 to distinguish it from the English seaside town of Poole in Dorset. Lying in the valley of the River Severn, just three miles from the English border, it’s an attractive place, with fine Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings in the centre, and the fabulous Powis Castle nearby.


The small market town of LLANIDLOES, twelve miles north of Rhayader, has developed from a rural village to a weaving town. And is now an arty, alternative-lifestyle kind of place. One of mid-Wales’s prettiest towns, it has four main streets that meet at the black-and-white market hall, built on timber stilts in 1600. Running parallel with the length of the market hall are China Street and Long Bridge Street; the latter has some interesting little shops.


Tickle your taste buds in one of the town’s quaint cafes selling delicious homemade cakes and locally made produce. Alternatively, dine at the hotel with its award-winning bistro restaurant or opt for a tasty bar meal served with a local beer. No time to stop? Then pick up some crispy fish ‘n chips on the go. And - if you fancy a tipple – you can do that too! Montgomery is blessed with a brewery, vineyards and local cider producers.


Located on the Powys Shropshire border, Montgomery is well serviced by public transport. The nearest train stations are located in Newtown and Welshpool. Bus services come into Montgomery from Newtown, Welshpool, Oswestry and Shrewsbury. In addition there is the T4 bus service which operates regularly between Cardiff and Newtown.