Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire
 
Powis Castle grounds, Welshpool, Mongomeryshire
Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire

We did look around the castle interior but photography is prohibited inside and, even if it was permitted, it is so dark it probably wouldn't be practical. It is kept dark to prevent fading of fabrics and similar materials but it also makes the place very unappealing. Having seen it once we wouldn't want to re-vist the interior and our only interest is the garden.

This is a view showing the lower gardens and terraces seen from the highest level.

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The Aviary Terrace, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mongomeryshire
Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire

I assume that this terrace is so called because there was once an aviary here but there isn't now. There is, apparently, a 300 year old wisteria to be seen on this terrace at the right time of year but, unfortunately not when we were there.

There are, however, plenty of spectacular plants on this terrace and you can't fail to notice the Italianate sculptures of shepherds and shepherdesses and the ornate ballustrade.

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A view of the Orangery Terrace from the Aviary Terrace, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mongomeryshire
Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire

This view of the Orangery Terrace is seen from the Aviary Terrace one level above.The orangery is approached from the Aviary Terrace by an angled flight of stone steps seen just beyond, and to the left of, the small lawn.

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The Orangery, Powis Castle, Welshpool, Mongomeryshire
Powis Castle, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire

This shows the actual Orangery. It is a cool room housing a number of potted plants and would probably provide welcome respite on a hot day. On the terrace itself, either side of the Orangery is a path lined with colourful plants.

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