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  Powis Castle entrance, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire

Powis Castle is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion, the seat of the Earl of Powis, and is known for its extensive, attractive formal gardens, terraces, parkland, deerpark and landscaped estate. The property is under the care of the National Trust.

This shows the main entrance featuring the south-west end of the building.

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  View of the top terrace, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales   The Top Terrace, Powis Castle.

Powis, unlike most welsh castles which were built by the English to subdue the Welsh, was built by the Welsh during the 13th century.

This shows a small part of the Top Terrace just below the south-eastern facing front.

 

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  'Joan', Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Welshpool.

This is 'Joan' one of the locomotives of the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway opened in 1903. The railway is a 2 foot 6 inch narrow gauge steam railway which runs between Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion; a journey of 8 miles.

The original builders chose a gauge of 2ft 6ins to allow for tight curves and steep gradients so that the railway could traverse the rolling landscape of this attractive part of Mid Wales.

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  The Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, Wales   Welshpool & Llanfair Railway, Welshpool.

The train waits in the platform at Welshpool ready to leave for Llanfair Caerinion with its charming balconied carriages. On thejourney the train negotiates a viaduct and river bridge, climbs the notoriously steep Golfa Bank and travels through beautiful countryside.

The journey takes about 45 minutes.

 

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