As the team at Powis Castle and Garden in Welshpool gear up for an exciting and busy year of events and exhibitions, they’re hoping to inspire members of the public to volunteer and help bring the treasured heritage site to life for visitors.

On Saturday 4 March, Powis Castle and Garden is inviting people with a passion for delivering excellent service to join them for an informal morning to discover what volunteering at the medieval property is like. With opportunities to speak to existing volunteers and explore the castle and garden, the team hope to build on the success from last year’s open day.

Alison Dunne, Senior Volunteering and Community Officer at Powis Castle and Garden, said: “The response to our Open Day last year was fantastic and we’re excited to do the same again this year.

“We welcomed many newcomers in 2022 and celebrated incredible milestones with some of our longest serving volunteers. We’ve got a busy and exciting year ahead and so we’re on the lookout for more people to join us in sharing stories of this wonderful place with our visitors. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without our volunteers and we’re encouraging anyone interested to come along to the Open Day to find out more.”

From welcoming visitors to the castle and showing people around the garden, to helping the team care for the collection and delivering superb service in the shop and café, the team at Powis Castle is hoping to fill various volunteering roles. Everyone is welcome to volunteer irrespective of age, qualifications, or experience.

Volunteers are some of the National Trust’s strongest supporters and as well as the obvious benefit of supporting Europe’s largest conservation charity, volunteers can enjoy free entry to all National Trust properties and places, discount in the shops and tea rooms and paid travel expenses (up to certain mileage).

Built in the 13th century by a Welsh prince, Powis Castle is home to an amazing collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, and tapestries. Perched above a 300-year-old world-famous garden, the National Trust has been caring for this special place since 1952.

Today, Powis Castle and Garden welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors a year, from all over the world. It runs a variety of National Trust-wide trails and events, and this year looks forward to hosting award-winning textile artist Kaffe Fassett’s ‘Colour with Kaffe’ exhibition in the castle for over six months.

The open day will start at 10am and finish at 1pm. Visitors are asked to arrive just before 10am, so they don’t miss out on introductions.

There is no requirement to sign up or RSVP and you do not need to be a National Trust member or pay entry on arrival. Tell the welcome team you’re there for the open day, and you’ll be directed to the Ballroom.

For more information, visit:, email the team at or call on 01938 551929.

Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool

State Dining Room, Powis Castle and Garden

Volunteers in the castle

Volunteers showing a family around the castle

View of Powis Castle from the Wilderness. The Wilderness was brought into the garden and the deer fenced out in the 19th century. The clipped yews and terraces may be seen beyond.

The State Dining Room at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales. Portrait of Violet Lane Fox, Countess of Powis by Ellis Roberts to the left.

Powis Castle, Volunteers

Powis Castle, Volunteers