This area is also known as Maldwyn and includes the historic towns of Welshpool, Newtown and its county town Montgomery after which it is named. Due to its strategic location along the border, there are several interesting ruins of ancient fortresses such as Montgomery Castle and Dolforwyn Castle. The most popular attraction in Welshpool is the grand Powis Castle, fully restored and open to visitors with vast collections of artwork and a stunning Italian themed formal garden.
This shire is mostly mountainous; there are over twenty Wildlife Trust nature reserves and the Montgomery Canal is of special interest for its rich variety of birdlife. The Offa’s Dyke is a walk dating back over a thousand years across unspoilt countryside and views out across to the impressive Long Mountain.
The region if full of fascinating historical sites of interest including the famous ‘seat of Welsh Kings’ Mathrafal, the village of Meifod and the mining buildings at Bryntail. There are numerous museums displaying much of the archaeological and civic history of the shire such as the Powysland Museum & Canal Centre and Old bell Museum, also the Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth is worth a visit.