Welcome to Welshpool (Y Trallwng)
The English originally called this place Pool, after the 'pills' – boggy, marshy ground (long since drained) along the nearby River Severn. It was changed in 1835 to Welshpool, so nobody would get confused with Poole in Dorset. Set below a steeply wooded hill, it's a handsome market town with a mixture of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings along its main streets but few other distractions in the town centre and a dearth of places to stay or eat. Perhaps its loudest contemporary claim to fame is the Monday livestock market, one of the largest in Western Europe. More compelling, to be sure, however, are the peripheral sights, such as glorious Powis Castle and the narrow-gauge Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.