Other places to visit which are within easy reach of Knighton
Acton Scott, Church Stretton (A49)
Where the TV series Victorian Farm was filmed. Historic Working Farm with rare breeds, demonstrations of Victorian farming, 20 acres of farmland. Cafe.
Car free by bus from Ludlow or Shrewsbury, train?
West: Aberystwyth, Barmouth
South: Swansea, Cardiff
Car free: accessible by train
Blaenavon Iron Works, near Abergavenny
Where the TV series Coal House was filmed. 200 year old ironworks, refurbished cottages and recreated company truck shop. Open daily late March to end October. November to March, Friday-Sunday.
Brecon Beacons National Park
Carding Mill, Church Stretton
Nearly 5,000 acres overlooking the Shropshire Hills and Welsh mountains.
Car free by train
Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth
Europe’s leading Eco centre. Over 7 acres of displays and gardens. Lots of examples of environmentally friendly technology on display.Open all year except December 23-27th and January 2-8th. Allow at least 2 hours for a visit.
Car free: arrive by train (via Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth) and get in for half price.
Elan Valley, near Rhayader
Reservoirs created in the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to supply the expanding industrial cities of Wales and England with water. With landscape originally created in the Ice Age, a medieval monastic estate and a 19th century mining area, the area was set up by Birmingham Corporation between 1893 and 1906 as a reservoir scheme, with 4 massive dams and a 73 mile aqueduct to the south of Birmingam with an extra reservoir added in the 1950s. There is a nice drive, walks, a visitors’ centre and places to eat.
Arts & crafts shop and galleries, cafe in an old railway station. Supports over 80 local artists. Also a restored railway carriage and locomotive. Good local walks. Open every day.
Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station
Nature trail, bird reserve, picnic site. Feeding time: winter 2pm, summer 3pm. Opening hours: afternoons only.
Judge’s Lodging, Presteigne
See how people (especially judges!) lived in 1870. Lit only by oil and gas lamps. The exhibits can be touched. Also special exhibitions. Open Tuesday-Sunday March to October, Wednesday-Sunday in November, Saturday-Sunday 1-22 December)
Car free by bus
Francis Kilvert, Curate of Clyro (near Hay on Wye)
Automata exhibition of working models, cafe, children’s play area.
National Cycle Collection, Llandrindod Wells
Over 250 bicycles from 1819 to 2000. Open Monday-Friday, May to October.
Car free by train
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre & Onny Meadows (cafe, gallery, visitor information centre, craft room for children, gift shop)
Car free by train
Small Breeds Farm & Owl Centre, near Kington
Owl Garden, Animal Display Field, Landscaped Waterfowl Enclosure, red squirrels and pheasants, pet animal house. All animals undercover in winter and wet weather. Open every day.
Stokesay Castle & Church, near Craven Arms
English Heritage. The finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. The Great hall is unaltered since it was built in 1291. Open daily, mid February to September. Wednesday to Sunday in October, check for other months..
Telford Steam Railway, Telford
Check opening days and events.
Ten Green Bottles, New Radnor
Rural social enterprise researching and developing recycling of bottles into hand-crafted glass work e.g. recycled glass buttons, also bags and accessories. Phone to arrange visit.
Welsh Royal Crystal, Rhayader
Workshop tour & gift shop, coffee shop. Open every day but tours not always available at weekends.
Martin Holborow and Margaret Leach
13 Bridge St,
Powys, LD7 1BT
Tel. (UK) 07976 403434