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The Judges Lodging

Presteigne, Powys, Wales

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  • Boy wearing judge wig at The Judges Lodging in Presteigne
  • Kids in cooking class at The Judges Lodging in Presteigne
  • Tea room for judges at The Judges Lodging in Presteigne
  • Staff dressed as Queen Victoria with boy at The Judges Lodging in Presteigne

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor

The Judges Lodging

From the stunningly and sympathetically restored judge's apartments through to the rather dingier servants' quarters below floors, you and the kids can explore this gas-lit world of old-time justice. Away from the posh bits the damp and dank cells remind you of the building's true function, and inside the huge courtroom you can listen to the echoing trial of William Morgan, a local duck thief! Bound to get little imaginations going!

All guests are accompanied by an unusual and exciting eavesdropping audiotour", where voices from the past will tell their tales, from simple Mary the hardworking maid up to the Reverend Richard Lister Venables who was also Chairman of the Magistrates.

Plus their near total Hands-On policy permits you and the kids to actually sit in the judge's special chair, study his books, or even pump some water in the kitchen - though they quite reasonably draw the line at using the old fashioned commodes! There are also

Away from the Lodgings some local archaeological treasures include the Standing Stones, a Holy Well and the dominating ruins of Stapleton Castle which look out over the town. Plus for nature lovers The Withybeds and Wentes Meadow and Silia Wood are both nearby for some family exploration and a sneaky rambler can walk right from town to country in minutes using the local paths. For those who prefer to stay on the beaten path however the National trails of Mortimer's Trail, Offa's Dyke and Glyndwr's Way all pass nearby too."


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD, Wales


Click here to visit The Judges Lodging's website
01544 260650

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Adults: £7.95 Concessions: £6.95 Kids: £3.95 Family: £21.50


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