With a population of some 6,200, the town is traditionally an agricultural service centre and the Livestock Market, held on Mondays, is the largest one-day sheep market in Europe. The heritage of the Welshpool area can be seen at the Powysland Museum in a beautifully converted former warehouse on the Montgomery Canal, parts of which are gradually being restored; the old station building is now used by the Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
Powis Castle, situated a few miles out of the town is perched on a rock above the Garden terraces and contains one of the finest collections of paintings and furniture in Wales. The beautiful collection of treasures from India displayed in the Clive Museum includes textiles, armour, bronzes, jade and ivory. The world famous Garden, overhung with enormous clipped yew trees, shelters rare and tender plants in colourful herbaceous borders.
Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the Garden retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. In the eighteenth century an informal woodland wilderness was created on the opposing ridge with fine views over the Severn Valley.