The grand doors to Powis Castle and Garden in Welshpool are open for a for a magical ‘Treasured Christmas’ experience.
Back are the huge, twinkly trees and lavish decorations with a new addition of enchanting outdoor light projections filling the great courtyard of this iconic Welsh castle.
Between December 14 and 23, the castle will stay open until the later time of 7pm for the festive themed lighting display. From dusk in the courtyard, the captivating display will welcome people to the medieval castle, inviting them to stop and watch the projections before ascending the steps.
Inside Powis Castle, ‘A Treasured Christmas’ returns until December 31 - closed 25 and 26 - with each State Room display taking inspiration from the treasures that lie within.
Visitors will be transported to different parts of the world as they explore beautifully decorated spaces, over-the-top Christmas trees and festive fireplaces.
With an Italian twist in the Dining Room, an Elizabethan theme in the Long Gallery and glistening Chinese decorations in the Blue Drawing Roo, which celebrates the rare Chinese lacquer screen, there’s something special to discover in every corner of the castle.
Every detail has been carefully thought out and meticulously planned over the last year by a team of dedicated National Trust staff and volunteers. From handmade mice and evergreen garlands to carefully wrapped presents, the magical Christmas display takes months to install.
Sarah Johnson, National Trust Cymru’s visitor operations and experience manager at Powis Castle and Garden, said: “A huge amount of planning and careful consideration goes into delivering this spectacle for our visitors. Every year we like to add something new to the experience.
“This year, we will be open until 7pm on selected days, so it gives everyone a chance to enjoy the festive displays with friends and family after work.
We can’t wait for visitors to step into the courtyard and be met with festive projections lighting up the front of the Castle. Christmas is always a magical time at Powis and we look forward to welcoming everyone back this year.”
Throughout December, including on late nights, the Courtyard Café and Shop will be open for visitors.
For those looking for a daytime winter walk, the world-famous Baroque Garden stays open all month, excluding December 25 and 26, from 10am to 4pm daily. See statues sparkling in the frost along the Italianate Terraces, admire ancient evergreen yew hedges and look out for 'gardeners notes' which will be dotted around the garden to discover top tips for gardening at this time of year.
To plan a festive visit head to: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle-and-garden
No pre-booking is required and normal admission prices apply.
‘A Treasured Christmas’ awaits visitors to Powis Castle from December 14-23.
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