Montgomery Travel Guide

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Montgomery Overview

Montgomery is a town in Wales one mile west of the Shropshire border in England. At first glance and after speaking to many locals the town appears much more English than it does Welsh. You won’t see many signs in dual languages and you’ll hear a lot of midlands accents. It was founded in the last 1200s and was formerly the county capital. The town centres on a square of listed buildings where you’ll find the town hall, a couple of cafes, the local pub/inn and a few independent shops. There are also a couple of parking lots.

Atop the town is the ruin of the Montgomery Castle which was destroyed in the 1600s. You can walk or drive to the hilltop and tour the ruins whilst getting great views eastward in Shropshire of the green rolling hills and the pastures. For a better view you can walk even hire up to the war memorial marking the highest point in the town and offering excellent 360 degree views or Wales and England. On a clear day you’ll see for over 30 miles towards Snowdonia and beyond.

The town hall opens every Saturday morning for a small market and plenty of coffee and cakes sold in support of a local charity. Next door to the town hall is the Bell Museum where a small donation gets you acquainted with the town’s history and loads of photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are a handful of B&Bs and a couple of pubs with rooms that can stayed at.

If you don’t have a car the closest train stations are Welshpool (15 minutes drive) or Shrewsbury (30 minutes drive).