Our purpose / Ein pwrpas:
To promote the conservation, improvement and better knowledge of the Welsh Border region along the Offa's Dyke Path.
I ennyn diddordeb yn nhiriogaeth Clawdd Offa yn ogystal a'i ddiogelu a'i ddatblygu.


 

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 Offa’s Dyke Centre phased reopening

After a difficult 18 months the Offa’s Dyke Centre is undergoing a limited re-opening until the end of the season.

Our next open days are as follows:

Saturday 16th October 1.30 – 4pm

Sunday 17th October 11 – 4pm

See you there for our brand new Offa’s & Wat’s Dykes interpretive displays

Check this page for future dates

Offa’s Dyke Centre covid-19 rules

For the safety of everyone you are expected to comply with the following house rules:

  • except when you are eating or drinking at a table, or unless you are exempt, wear a face mask or covering
  • sanitise your hands every time you enter or re-enter the building
  • sign the track and trace register or use the NHS covid-19 app
  • maintain a 2 metre social distance

Q – Why can’t we open longer and on more days?

A – We would like to open on more days but there are problems with the toilet block which need to be resolved. We continue to have constructive talks with our landlord, Powys County Council. The ODA and County are working hard to resolve the issues in the interests of ensuring a long term sustainable future for Knighton’s only tourist attraction.

As well as weekend opening we are still available for one-off hire of the Centre.  We are now fully equipped as a small conference venue and the Centre is licensed for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. 

The Offa’s Dyke Association is a membership-based charity led by volunteer trustees

We are  the friend’s group for both Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and Offa’s Dyke the 8th Century monument.  Founded in 1969 we promote and facilitate the general public’s understanding and appreciation of Offa’s Dyke, the National Trail and the landscape of the Welsh Marches.  it also actively promotes and financially contributes towards its conservation.  The Association is based at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton (postcode LD7 1EN;  W3W walled.unity.apart) at roughly the half way point along the length of Dyke and Trail.

We do not receive any form of financial assistance from either national or local government towards the running the  Centre. We do, however, pride ourselves on running a very professional visitor centre and museum and in 2021 we have a brand new exhibition, interpreting both Offa’s and Wat’s dykes. We are gradually expanding our wider education and community work. We are also in partnership with Cadw, Historic England and Shropshire County Council delivering the Offa’s Dyke Conservation Management Plan project. An initial three-year-funded project is about to start this autumn (2021).

This all takes time, willingly gifted by trustees and our volunteers, and we would like to do more but there is a limit to what we can do without help. So, if you are interested in lending a hand as a volunteer at the Centre or if you feel that you have skills useful to us as a trustee then please get in touch by emailing oda@offasdyke.org.uk

We sell guide books and maps both online and in the Centre together with an extensive range of quality giftware, and guests in our tea room, overlooking the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will enjoy the best view in town.  You can download our English pdf leaflet here, a gallwch lawrlwytho’r fersiwn Cymraeg yma.

Our invaluable accommodation listing, the Essential Guide to Walking Offa’s  Dyke Path (formerly called the Where to Stay Guide  is available in hard copy and as a pdf version. Both can be purchased from our on-line shop.

Offa's Dyke Association - the path and dyke descending into the Clun valley, Shropshire
By Jim Saunders, showing the path and Dyke descending into the Clun valley, Shropshire.

Join the Association

All interested individuals and organisations interested in the Welsh Border region are invited to join. Full membership is £20 a year for individuals or £25 a year for  joint membership.  Charity and community not-for-profit groups join for £20 per year.  Every membership subscription supports our Offa’s Dyke Conservation Fund which helps to pay for practical conservation projects  that promote the long term well being of the monument.  If you would like a sample pdf copy of our Newsletter then please download our Winter 2019 edition here.

Advertise your business 

If you provide services to Offa’s Dyke walkers, whether an accommodation business, pub, café, tea room, taxi firm or operate as a community not-for-profit business  then we have a range of advertising options on our website, in our Essential Guide to walking Offa’s Dyke Path and our 3 x per year members’ Newsletter. Call 01547 528753 or email services@oda.org.uk for more information.