Offa’s Dyke Centre latest on repairs to the building

Spring 2022 re-opening

During May our opening days and hours are as follows:

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 4pm.

We will review and extend our opening days and hours as the season progresses. Please watch this space for announcements.

Visitors will notice that the adjoining public toilet block is still closed although we have permission to use, for a limited time only, the disabled WC for our customers. We are running the facility at our own expense.

We need to explain that this situation is due to events beyond our control. Both Powys and Knighton Town Councils have decided that they do not want to operate the public toilet block and while talks are on-going their long term future is not yet settled.  Powys County Council has repaired the roof to make the building water tight, thus preventing water ingress into the main building but if they are to re-open permanently then a major refurbishment is required.

As a charity we cannot operate a public toilet facility that was hitherto paid for at public expense.

Visitors will notice that the adjoining public toilet block is still closed although we have permission to use, for a limited time only, the disabled WC for our customers. We are running the facility at our own expense.

We need to explain that this situation is due to events beyond our control. Both Powys and Knighton Town Councils have decided that they do not want to operate the public toilet block and while talks are on-going their long term future is not yet settled.  Powys County Council has repaired the roof to make the building water tight, thus preventing water ingress into the main building but if they are to re-open then they require a major refurbishment.

We have to make it clear that as a charity we cannot operate a public toilet, a facility that was hitherto paid for at the public expense.

About the Offa’s Dyke Association

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 opened a brand new exhibition, curated by professor Keith Ray, 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.

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 have trustee vacancies for Secretary, Treasurer and Content Editor (newsletter, website, social media). We also need assistance with HR.

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  from our on-line shop.