Must see attractions in Powys

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    Centre for Alternative Technology

    A small but dedicated band of enthusiasts have spent 40 years practising sustainability at the thought-provoking CAT, set in the Dyfi Unesco Biosphere…

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    Powis Castle

    Surrounded by magnificent gardens, the redbrick Powis Castle was originally constructed in the 13th century by Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn, prince of Powys,…

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    MOMA Machynlleth

    Housed partly in the Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel, the Museum of Modern Art exhibits work by contemporary Welsh artists in a permanent collection…

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    Gregynog Hall

    While Gregynog Hall has been here in some form for 800 years, its current mock-Tudor manifestation – notable as one of the first uses of concrete in…

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    St Nicholas' Church

    Evocative Norman St Nicholas' Church dates from 1226 and boasts a vaulted ceiling decorated with intricate coloured bosses, a beautifully carved pre…

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    Oriel Davies Gallery

    One of Wales' leading contemporary spaces hosting often edgy national and international exhibitions, Oriel Davies is the largest visual-arts venue in the…

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    Robert Owen Museum

    Housed in Newtown's Edwardian library and council chambers, this sober museum is the best place to bone up on Robert Owen's legacy. The son of a saddler…

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    National Cycle Museum

    Housed in the art nouveau Automobile Palace, the National Cycle Museum comprises more than 250 bikes. The exhibits show the progression from clunky…

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    Owain Glyndŵr Centre

    Housed in a rare example of a late-medieval Welsh town house, the Owain Glyndŵr Centre houses an exhibition telling the story of the Welsh hero's fight…

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    Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

    The supremely flouncy and fascinating Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture is a surprise find in this tiny village. Occupying a former squash court, it's a…

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    Powysland Museum & Montgomery Canal

    The Montgomery Canal originally ran for 35 miles, starting at Newtown and ending at Frankton Junction in Shropshire, where it joined the Llangollen Canal…

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    Cloverlands Model Car Museum

    With over 3000 exhibits, Cloverlands is one of the most extensive collections of its kind in the UK, and a must for model-car lovers. Around half the cars…

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    St Mary's Old Parish Church

    Dating from at least 1253, St Mary's was allowed to fall into ruin after a bigger church was built in 1856; it's now a public garden, thanks to the local…

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    Spaceguard Centre

    The hilltop Spaceguard Centre is the UK's National Near Earth Objects Information Centre, keeping an eye out for any potential Judgment Day scenarios. As…

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    Rhayader Museum & Gallery

    Focusing on local history and life in and around Rhayader, this small museum uses artefacts, film and more than 50 oral histories to explore everything…

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    Judge's Lodging

    The Judge's Lodging offers an intimate glimpse into Victorian times through an audioguided wander through the town's 19th-century courthouse and lock-up…

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    WH Smith Museum

    Newtown's WH Smith bookshop has been lovingly restored to its original 1929 look, complete with wooden furniture, mirrors, signage and skylights. Upstairs…

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    Rock Park

    Rock Park, the site of the earliest spa development, is an artfully wild, well-strewn oasis at the centre of town. The bathhouse is now a complementary…

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    Radnorshire Arms

    The date on this venerable half-timbered inn, 1616, belies the true antiquity of a building once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, alleged lover of Queen…

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    Old Bell Museum

    Set in a former inn, slaughterhouse and temperance hotel, this local history museum explores the the town's long history (granted a Royal Charter in 1227,…