Offa’s Dyke Centre

Offa's Dyke Centre, Knighton
Offa’s Dyke Centre, Knighton

King Offa himself will greet you as you enter the Centre from West Street, just 200 yards from Knighton Town Centre.

The Centre, opened in 1999, forms the focus for activities based on the 8th Century earthwork built by Offa, the King of Mercia. The dyke follows the Welsh English border from the hills above Prestatyn to the Severn Estuary near Chepstow. With its free exhibition and car park, the Centre caters for the needs of a wide range of visitors, from those taking toddlers to play in the surrounding park and play area, to those exploring the border area by car, cycle or on foot, to education groups studying the history of the area, and particularly that of Offa’s Dyke. There is something here for everyone.

Knighton, home of the Offa's Dyke Centre
Knighton, home of the Offa’s Dyke Centre

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. Exhibits cover:

  • The construction of Offa’s Dyke
  • The Welsh Princes of the Anglo-Saxon period
  • The flora and fauna of the area
  • Environmental considerations
  • The history of Knighton
  • The activities required to maintain the Dyke and the Long Distance Footpath

The Centre is managed by Offa’s Dyke Association, a charity originally set up to provide help for walkers on the Long Distance Path, and this still forms an important part of their activity but now is widened to serve the needs of all visitors. The Centre incorporates the Knighton Tourist Information Centre and a shop, where you can also refresh yourself after a hard days walking with tea, coffee, soft drinks, cakes and ice cream. Facilities are available for school visits, small conferences, and exhibitions.

The Offa's Dyke Centre from the back
The Offa’s Dyke Centre from the back

As a centre for walking activities, Offa’s Dyke Centre is positioned at about the halfway point of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and at the start of the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. The Wye Valley Walk crosses the Offa’s Dyke Path at Hay-on-Wye as does the Severn Way at Pool Quay, and a wide range of shorter walks radiate from Knighton. An attractive leaflet on the Centre and details of other activities is available from:-

The Offa’s Dyke Centre and Knighton Tourist Information Centre
Knighton
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Telephone: +44 (0)1547 – 528753
E-Mail : oda@offasdyke.org.uk

Knighton is 17 miles west of Ludlow and 35 miles south west of Shrewsbury. It is served by rail services on the Shrewsbury to Swansea – Heart of Wales Line