Montgomery (Welsh: Trefaldwyn, meaning "Baldwin's town") is a market town in Powys. As the English name implies, it was historically the county town of Montgomeryshire and as such, was a prosperous community and important political and commercial centre in the 17th-19th centuries. After the mid-19th century it began to be eclipsed as a commercial centre, and subsequently politically, by the nearby Newtown and Welshpool, due to those two towns being located on the River Severn, Montgomery Canal, and Cambrian Railway. As a consequence, Montgomery has retained an "unspoilt" feel, with some fine examples of Georgian and early Victorian Architecture.
As a small market town, Montgomery is easy to get around on foot, though the climb up to the castle is quite steep. The best way to explore the surrounding countryside is by bike.
- 1 St Nicholas Parish Church. The tombs of the Herbert family and stained glass windows are well worth seeing. The church yard offers panoramic views over Shropshire
- 2 Montgomery Castle. Open Entry. The castle dates back to 1223 and is now an imposing ruin, situated on a hill above the town. Free.
- 3 Montgomeryshire War Memorial. Open Entry. Built in 1923 of white Portland stone, the War Memorial was originally dedicated to those men of the county of Montgomeryshire who lost their lives in the First World War. It has since been rededicated to those who fell in all past wars. The climb up to the Memorial is well worth the effort as on a clear day it offers a magnificent 360-degree panorama of the surrounding countryside. To the east the Shropshire Hills can be seen very clearly, while to the west, all the major mountain groups of Mid- and North-Wales can be seen, from Pumlumon to the south-west, Cadair Idris to the west, the Arans and Snowdon (over 50 miles away!) to the north-west and the Berwyns in the north. Free.
- 4 The Old Bell Museum, Arthur Street, SY15 6RA, ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Weds-Sun from Easter to the end of September. A 16th century inn which has been converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society
- Cycling is popular in the area. The town lies at the centre of a network of quiet, rolling country lanes. A set of leaflets has been produced showing suggested circular routes from Montgomery. Pick these up from various outlets in the town, or check out the routes on the information board on the side of the Town Hall.
- Offas Dyke Path. This national long-distance footpath runs 177 miles (285 km) from Chepstow in the south to Prestatyn in the north, following the England/Wales border along the course of a mediaeval defensive earthwork. The path passes just to the east of the town. Of course you can just walk a short section of it!
- There are a number of art and craft galleries and gift shops around Broad Street and Kerry Street in the town centre.
- RH Bunner and Son (Traditional Ironmonger), Arthur Street, Montgomery, SY15 6RA, ☏ , fax: . Mo-Fr 9AM-5:30PM; Sa 9AM-5PM. Tradition, family-run ironmongers. The shop is a veritable maze of different departments over various levels, all absolutely crammed with good-quality products from a selection of brushes for any conceivable use to quad bikes to a fine selection of dolls house furniture. Well worth a browse.
- Dragon Hotel, Market Square, Montgomery, Powys SY15 6PA (Uphill from the main Square in Montgomery), ☏ . Good, locally-sourced food in the restaurant and bar. Wide range of real ales and ciders. Cheerful service.
- The Crown Inn, Castle Street, Montgomery, SY15 6PW.
- Dragon Hotel - see Eat above.
- Dolforwyn Hall (Country House B&B), Abermule, Montgomery, Powys, SY15 6JG (About 5 miles from Montgomery, beside the main A483 road in the village of Abermule), ☏ . Eight-bedroom B&B with family room available.
- Dragon Hotel - see Eat above.