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Living in Caersws: the local area guide

Caersws is a small village around 5 miles west of Newtown, right on the River Severn. It lies in the famously beautiful county of Powys, at the midpoint between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury. Powys as a county is very well known for its staggering landscapes and natural beauty, with towering mountains complemented by deep forests and picturesque villages. It has been described as the UK's happiest place to live.

Caersws was likely first populated in the Bronze Age, possibly as far back as 10,000BC, as evidenced by the standing stones and monuments littered around the local countryside. It was home to two Roman forts, who named the town either after the god Zeus or a queen Swswen. After the Romans pulled out of the country, it continued as a small settlement. Some of the town’s current buildings, including the breathtaking Llanwnnog Church, date from the 13th century. The village has a rich history, and a walk around its streets makes that abundantly clear.

Caersws has a population of just under 1,600, attracted to the area by the wealth of beautiful walks, caves, waterfalls, castles and views within easy reach. While it's a quiet, sleepy village, the residents have a thriving community spirit and are very welcoming.


With an average age of 44, the locals are slightly older than other places in Wales. More than half of the residents are over 45, while just over 10% are between 18 and 30 years old. However, they generally report higher levels of health and happiness than other settlements of similar size in Wales.

Unemployment is low, at 2%, and levels of education are high, with more than a quarter possessing a higher education level qualification. The vast majority of Caersws dwellers were born in the UK.

The village, like the surrounding villages, has a happy, friendly and lively community life. The village hall is used by a large variety of clubs, groups and societies. Social clubs include the choir, tennis club, quoits club, and gardening club. Sport is a big part of village life, with several high-profile sportsmen and women originating from the area. There is even a selection of well-known mountain biking trails in the surrounding hills and woods.

Another famous resident was John Ceiriog Hughes - one of the most famous poets and musicians in Wales.


Within the village of Caersws there is a community school: Ysgol Caersws C.P School. It's a typically Welsh, friendly, warm school that works by the motto of 'developing the individual in a caring and challenging environment'. Like most Welsh schools, it prides itself on national heritage and children that go to school here are exposed to a lot of the Welsh language.

After primary school, Newtown is only a 15-minute drive away and has some excellent secondary schools and colleges.


Caersws has its own railway station, which is unusual for a village of its size. It was voted 'Best Kept Unmanned Station' by Keep Wales Tidy in 2013 and for good reason. Caersws Railway Station is on the Cambrian Line, between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury, and provides a two-hourly service that connects residents with the local area, the rest of the county, and wider Wales.

By car, Caersws is well placed right on the A470, which offers a quick link to Newtown in under 15 minutes. Further away, at just under an hour in either direction, are Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.

Amenities and shopping

The shops, amenities and conveniences are exactly what you'd expect from a small rural village. There's an excellent family butchers, three great traditional pubs, a post office, a fish and chip shop, a doctors surgery and two convenience stores.

For everything else, Newtown is a great local option. The Bear Lanes Shopping Centre has a great selection of High Street brands - from Carphone Warehouse to Dorothy Perkins and New Look. As relatively remote as Caersws is, shoppers won't lack for much.


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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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