When writer George Borrow came to Presteigne in 1867 he asked where he was - the reply was 'Neither in England nor Wales, but simply in Radnorshire'. To take a glance now at Presteigne ('Llanandras' in Welsh), little seems to have changed since Borrow's time in this small border town where one step over a little stone bridge takes you into England. Do not be fooled though, for Presteigne is a thriving community, with a bustling High Street full of traditional and more exotic shops, a diversity of public entertainment, a fully equipped leisure centre, restaurants and public houses galore!
Presteigne's former prominence as the legal and administrative centre of Radnorshire (now central Powys) is echoed in The Judge's Lodging, where any visit to the town should start. Here you will find an award-wining museum and the town's Tourist Information Centre where you can pick up a copy of the town trail (available also throughout the area). The trail will take you on a journey not only through the streets of this charming town, but also on a trip into the past, as it guides you by buildings such as The Duke's Arms, home to the last (and longest) mail coach in the UK; The Red House, home of Rear Admiral Puget, after whom Puget Sound on Vancouver Island is named; The Radnorshire Arms Hotel, home of Sir Christopher Hatton, (a favourite of Elizabeth I) and St Andrew's Church, Broad Street, home to a superb 16th Century Flemish tapestry. Local archaeological treasures include standing stones (Walton), holy wells (Pilleth) and the ruins of Stapleton Castle that look down over the town.
The discerning walker can walk straight from town to country on one of the many local footpaths and just outside the town you can get onto the famous Offa's Dyke long distance path.
This beautiful town recently hit national news as one of the top 10 places to live in Britain in a Country Life survey, whilst its road from there to Aberystwyth is in the AA's top 10 scenic routes in Europe.
With such an unusual museum and such local accolades, can you really resist a visit? After all, one visiting judge called the town ' a sort of paradise'.
Courtesy of Presteigne Tourist Information Centre. Population 2,000
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Places to Stay near Presteigne
Radnorshire Arms Hotel (0.06 miles)
Norton Manor Hotel (1.87 miles)
Staunton House (4.32 miles)
Burton Hotel (4.97 miles)
Horse & Jockey (5.18 miles)Originally a 14th century coaching inn, the Horse & Jockey offers a warm and friendly atmosphere, owned by the same family since 1989. Situated in Knighton town, close to the Offa's Dyke Centre, the inn offers ... More | visit website
Knighton Hotel (5.19 miles)
Bateman Arms (5.56 miles)
The Baron at Bucknell (6.46 miles)
Brick House Farm (6.71 miles)
Mortimers Cross Inn (6.86 miles)
This charming, family run, 12th century inn, set amidst beautiful countryside, boasts many original period features whilst offering you a wealth of modern conveniences for ... More