The local area around Dolgead Hall is rich in Welsh heritage
There are charming towns and villages, historic houses, gardens, galleries and museums, all with easy reach of the park. There is the famous Powis Castle, a summer haunt of the Royal Family, with it's superb terraced gardens and one of the finest collections of painting and furniture in Wales, or the 17th Century or Glansevern Hall with 18 acres of wonderful gardens.
Take a steam train ride on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway or browse around the shops in the picturesque market town of Welshpool, and eat in one of the many good restaurant or country pubs. A little further afield there are the popular and bustling seaside resorts of the Mid-Wales coast, like Tywyn and Aberdovey, which are only an hours drive away from the park.
Just on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park and south of Lake Bala, Lake Vyrnwy is set amidst the remote and beautiful Berwyn Mountains. With spectacular waterfalls, and unspoilt open countryside, a visit to Lake Vyrnwy is a wonderful day out for all the family. A short drive from the Shropshire border (The Welsh Marches) it is an easy day out from Birmingham, Liverpool, Chester or Manchester and is the perfect base for exploring Snowdonia, The Welsh Marches and the coast from Harlech to Aberystwyth.
The world-famous garden, overhung with clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, it retains its original lead statues and an orangery on the terraces. High on a rock above the terraces, the castle, originally built circa 1200, began life as a medieval fortress. Remodelled and embellished over more than 400 years, it reflects the changing needs and ambitions of the Herbert family - each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.
The River Banwy is a river about 30 km long in NW Powys in Wales. The river rises in the hills near the pass which takes the A458 between Mallwyd and Welshpool. The river is called Nant Cerrig-y-groes at its source near Moel y Llyn. It then flows east, and joins a number of lesser streams before reaching Pont Twrch near the village of Y Foel, at its confluence with the river Twrch. Two miles further on, it is joined by the river Gam, which flows down from the Nant yr Eira, between Y Foel and Llangadfan.
Llanfair Light Railway
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is a 2 ft 6 in narrow gauge heritage railway in Powys, Wales. The line is around 8.5 miles long and runs westwards from the town of Welshpool via Castle Caereinion to the village of Llanfair Caereinion.