Powis Castle will be opening its State Rooms in the evening for the very first time to celebrate Museums at Night 2015 on Friday, May 15.
Visitors will be able to see the castle’s spectacular rooms sparkling in the evening light with atmospheric candles to shine the way from 6-9pm, with last entry at 8.30pm.
Knowledgeable staff will be on hand throughout the evening to tell visitors more about the fascinating secrets of Powis’ past. Find out which object was gifted from the Pope and how the famous 1st Century BC carving of a cat catching a snake was acquired.
Ruth Scutter, Powis Castle spokesperson, said: “This will be a very special treat for anyone who is interested in history and wants to hear stories about one of the most fascinating families in Britain.
“In recent centuries, the main purpose of Powis Castle was to entertain the Herbert family’s visitors. The rooms were designed for parties with décor and furniture that glistens in the light of candles and exquisite chandeliers. This evening opening provides visitors with an exciting opportunity to see the rooms as they were intended to be seen.”
Normal admission prices apply and members get in free. Booking is not required. For further details visit their website (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle).
Powis Castle facts:
- Powis Castle began life as the medieval fortress of the Welsh princes of Powys, who held onto their kingdom despite the threats of their more powerful neighbours in Gwynedd and England.
- In 1587, Powis was sold to Sir Edward Herbert who created the romantic long gallery which is richly decorated with the coats of arms of his ancestors.
- The first Marquess of Powis was forced into exile in 1668 due to his loyalty to the deposed King James II.
- In 1784, the marriage of Lady Henrietta Herbert and Edward Clive, son of Robert Clive, the conqueror of India, combined the Powis and Clive estates.
- In the early 20th Century, the 4th Earl of Powis and his wife, Lady Violet, redecorated much of the castle and brought the garden back to life, introducing new varieties from all over the world.