Where to Visit in and around Berriew

Places of Interest
Berriew Canal

Berriew and the Montgomery Canal


The Montgomery Canal dates from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and was constructed mainly to transport limestone from the Llanymynech quarries and coal from Chirk and Oswestry to canalside kilns. There, quicklime was made to spread on fields to improve soil quality, and the yield of crops. With the increasing use of fertilizers, the use of the canal gradually diminished and was formally closed in an Act of 1944.

Today it is enjoying a major revival for reasons of recreation, environment, conservation and industrial archaeology. This is largely thanks to groups like the Friends of the Montgomery Canal, Heulwen Trust and Canal and River Trust, restoring the Berriew Section from overgrown and unnavigable, into a beautiful stretch enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, canoeists and even boat owners. Every Thursday a group affectionately known as the TRAMPS (Thursday Restoration and Maintenance Project Support) meets to undertake important improvements.

The Berriew section has a number of important features including a restored lock and the Grade II listed aqueduct which carries the canal over the River Rhiw. It has four segmental arches and is the second-largest masonry structure on the canal. First opened in 1797, it was largely rebuilt in the 19th century and fully restored in the 20th century.

The Berriew Community has a particular interest in the restoration of the canal, as the Refail winding hole could become the terminus when sections to the north of Welshpool are reopened to the UK network. This will bring marine craft to the area and visitors and trade to the village.

Berriew residents are members of the Friends of the Montgomery Canal and the Community Council has recently received a presentation about the efforts being made to reopen sections. It is hoped that the community can actively support this work in the years to come so that full use of the canal can be restored and its full beauty appreciated.

Chapel Crafts

Chapel Crafts:

Nestled in the rolling hills of Montgomeryshire, high above the idyllic black and white cottages of Berriew is Chapel Crafts. Taking a short trip from the village of Berriew, up the winding lanes, into rolling hills and you will find Cefn-Y-Faenor Community Chapel standing solid and proud as it has done since it was constructed in 1826.

Chapel Crafts Community Art projects believes that creativity enriches the mind, body and soul and as such, our team of volunteers invites you to share in the talents of others. We encourage you and your family to take part in our free workshops and demonstrations in the serene and tranquil setting that the Chapel and its hilltop garden provides.

Open 10-4pm and 7-9pm Daily (please call to confirm in advance)

Other times and group (visits by appointment only)

Free Entry and refreshments (Donations welcome)

For our latest Free Workshops, demonstrations and classes visit our Blog (http://chapelcrafts.com)

Chapel Crafts, Cefn-Y-Faenor, Berriew, SY218PP.

Tel: 01686 640722

Rhiw Valley Light Railway

15'' Gauge Steam Railway


Trains run between
11.00am - 4.30pm each day
gates open at 10:30





Google Maps Reference: 52.616599 - 3.268046

Tea & Coffee Available

visit our website: www.rvlr.co.uk

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

‘Logan has achieved something beyond the reach of any other 20th Century British Sculptor, even Henry Moore: he has managed to open his own museum, dedicated entirely to his own work and carried it off with showbiz flair.’

The only museum in Europe dedicated to a living artist. Andrew had always dreamed of opening a museum to share with the world his unique approach to life and art. He wanted the museum to be a vibrant space to display examples of work he had created over the decades and to stage events that would share his vision and skill for curating performance and spectacle.

‘Logan has achieved something beyond the reach of any other 20th Century British Sculptor, even Henry Moore: he has managed to open his own museum, dedicated entirely to his own work and carried it off with showbiz flair.’ John Russell Taylor—The Times

Contact details:

Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture
Berriew, Nr Welshpool, Powys SY21 8PJ Mid Wales

Tel: 01686 ­640689
Email: info@andrewlogan.com
Website: www.andrewlogan.com/museum/

Gregynog - Grade 1 listed formal gardens

Magnificent yew hedge, rhododendrons, water and rose gardens with ancient oaks forming a SSSI. Colour coded woodland walks through 750 acres of beautiful and varied landscapes.

According to CADW, 'one of the most important parks and gardens in Powys, dating from at least the 1500’s'.

Courtyard café and shop with special events throughout the year.

Garden admission £3 per person.
Estate admission administered via a
£2.50 car parking charge also applies

Events - See Home Page and Events for full list for 2014


Garden open for Yellow Book, Afternoon Teas. 
Ring to book place or Talk 01686 650224




Contact details:

Gregynog - Grade 1 listed formal gardens
Located near Newtown, Powys SY16 3PW Mid Wales

Tel: 01686 650224

Email: enquiries@gregynog.org
Website: www.gregynog.org


Glansevern Hall Gardens

Glansevern Hall, an elegant Greek revival house, is romantically positioned on the banks of the River Severn in a beautiful parkland setting with sweeping views over Mid Wales, to the Kerry Hills and the Montgomeryshire County War Memorial.

The gardens extend to 25 acres and are a mixture of formal planting, lawns, a huge lake and many unusual and ancient specimen trees.
Begin your tour from the elegant Georgian courtyard through our magnificent new Ginkgo gates into the original walled garden. This was entirely remodelled in 2001 and comprises separate themed “rooms”, including a Rose Garden, White Garden, Kitchen and Cutting Garden.
Open the large oak door and discover the extraordinary Victorian Grotto and Rockery dating from around 1840.
Continue through the Folly Garden and Wildflower Meadow (seasonal), down to the River Severn and the secluded, raised Bird Hide by the river’s edge.

The longer walk will take you to the five acre Lake where you will find plenty of peaceful places to sit, and from where you can meander through dappled, wooded shade over an iron footbridge offering views across the Lake. Discover the charming, cascading Water Garden, fed from the Montgomeryshire Canal, with Candelabra Primulas, Hostas and other water loving plants. The Lakeside Walk leads you past the Island and its Iron Gazebo, a haven for visiting waterfowl, which can include swans, geese, goosanders, pochard and, if you are lucky, our resident kingfishers.

Closer to the house, the Formal Gardens offer a stunning, scented Wisteria Fountain Walk (seasonal), traditional long borders, peonies and the original Georgian Orangery.

On your visit to Glansevern you can enjoy exceptional food, courtesy of The Potting Shed Café, which is situated in the picturesque Georgian courtyard and which offers a stylish, atmospheric and friendly place to relax and savour delicious dishes. Furthermore, The Chic Shed Shop at the Visitor Entrance stocks a beautiful and original selection of garden-inspired gifts, plants and flowers.


Map and directions

Further information

Address:           Glansevern Hall Gardens, Berriew, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8AH
Telephone:       01686 640644
Email:              gardens@glansevern.co.uk        
Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/GlansevernHallGardens
Website:          www.glansevern.co.uk              
Twitter:            @GlansevernGrdns

Opening hours/season

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12pm-5pm, 3rd April – 31st Oct 2014 (weather permitting)

The Potting Shed Café:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10:30am-5pm, year round from 1st April 2014

Adults £7.00
Children (under 12)  £3.50
Family (2 adults 3 children) £17.00

Group visits £6 per person. Minimum group size 15 adults. Booking required.