Images of Wales
Powis Castle & Gardens
Photography by John Ball - 23 June 1999
(with Agfa ePhoto307 digital camera)
This famous red-brick medieval castle is where the Princes of Powys took up residence in the seventh century AD. The castle has been continuously occupied for over 700 years and contains paintings, tapestries, period furniture, and Clive of India's collection of Indian works of art.
This Images of Wales feature focuses on the castle gardens, but you can explored the history of the castle itself on Jeff Thomas's Castles of Wales website.
Left: Powis Castle overlooking the 17th century terraced gardens.
Above, and below right: At the end of the 17th century, the long terraced gardens
beneath the castle were laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles.
Above left: One of the impressive statues in the castle grounds.
Above: On the terraces, stone balustrades and lead statuary and vases form
the background to colourful trees and shrubs.
Above: Yew pyramids, planted when the terraces were laid,
are clipped in fanciful topiary-work.
Above: One of the terraces features this elegant orangery.
Above: A walled garden conceals this picturesque old house.
The gardens of Powis Castle are now in the care of the National Trust. For information on all National Trust properties, visit the National Trust website. For the history of Powis Castle, visit the Castles of Wales website.