Information for visitors to Knighton
Knighton is a small, friendly market town set in the lush rolling country of the Welsh Marches. The town’s Welsh name is Tref-y-Clawdd meaning “town on the Dyke”. This is a reference to Offa’s Dyke, which runs through the town, built by the Saxon King of Mercia to define his border with Wales. Knighton is a border town to this day, mostly in Wales and partly in England.
Exploring this remarkable landscape and its rich history is what attracts most people to the area. For full information about visiting Knighton please go to our local tourism website www.visitknighton.co.uk .
For details on visiting the wider Marches area you could visit the website of the Offa’s Dyke Association (http://www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk/). The Offa’s Dyke Association also hosts our local Tourist Information Centre which can be contacted on 01547 528753.
Knighton is an excellent location for a short break or holiday with a wide range of places to stay including an award winning hotel, cosy bed and breakfasts or farmhouse accommodation, camping, and many self catering cottages, the perfect place for both those who want an energetic holiday or those who just want to relax. There are many places to provide good food and drink. Many people return to Knighton and surrounding areas year after year.
The two principle visitor attractions of the town itself are the Offa’s Dyke Centre and the Spaceguard Centre. The Offa’s Dyke Centre, opened in 1999, forms the focus for activities based on the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa, the King of Mercia. The attractive interactive exhibition allows visitors to explore the Dyke, its associated long distance footpath, and the border area in general, through interactive displays and graphic display panels. For more information please go to http://www.offasdyke.demon.co.uk/
The Spaceguard Centre aims to bring the wonders of the universe to everyone in a fun and understandable way. At the same time they want to raise public awareness of the threat of asteroid and comet impacts, and the ways in which we can predict and prevent them. For more information and tour times please go to http://www.spaceguarduk.com/
Knighton is the perfect location for outdoor activities. Walkers are attracted by the two National Trails in the town – the Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way - and the fact that Knighton is a “Walkers are Welcome” town, an indication of the excellent walks available and the facilities provided to walkers. There are also a wealth of other short, middle and long distance paths in the locality including the Kerry Ridgeway and the Herefordshire Trail. The Jack Mytton Way in neighbouring Shropshire is a long distance bridleway for use by those on foot, bicycle and horseback.
For cyclists, Visit Wales has identified Knighton as a Cycle Break Centre. Cycle Break Centres are selected because they give holiday makers access to some of the loveliest day cycling in Wales while staying in welcoming holiday areas. The Knighton Centre offers 5 circular rides ranging from 9 to 33 miles (15 to 55km) in length. Knighton also offers the Radnor Ring Cycle Route (Regional Cycle Route 25) 84-miles of quiet country lanes, crossing some of mid Wales’ most spectacular scenery, and bringing you back to Knighton.
Come to Knighton on the Heart of Wales railway line (www.heart-of-wales.co.uk) and use the line to explore 121 miles of rugged beauty, tranquil villages and picturesque Victorian spa towns from Shrewsbury to Swansea. To demonstrate the international nature of our town the train station is actually in England – you enter Wales as you cross the River Teme via the bridge at the station entrance!