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Newtown / Y Drenewydd is one of the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Newtown, Powys is a classic example of a market town built on the back of the textiles industry and the Industrial Revolution.
Despite its 13th century origins, Newtown came to prominence in the 19th century when the Montgomeryshire Canal supplied the transportation methods for the blossoming textile industry. Through Robert Owen, who was born on Broad Street in 1771, Newtown is proudly remembered as the birth place of the co-operative movement. Owen was one of the most important social reformers in the world, spreading his ideas for a more equal society both in Britain and America where he argued that industry had a responsibility to its workers. Later in the 19th century Newtown would also give birth to the world’s first mail–order store, the Pryce-Jones building, still the tallest in the town.
Newtown benefits from a number of museums and educational resources, the Robert Owen Museum, the Textile Museum, the WH Smith Museum and the Oriel Davis Gallery are all situated in the centre of town. On the outskirts of the town is Coleg Powys and Theatr Hafren. Nearby Gregynog Hall hosts the annual Gregynog Festival and Glansevern Hall, Berriew plays host to the rapidly growing Welsh Food Festival.
Other local highlights nearby include the Andrew Logan Museum (the celebrated performance artist/sculptor and originator of the Alternative Miss World, has a museum in nearby Berriew), the annual Santa Run and the UK Championship Down-Hill Mountain Bike track at Caersws.
Accommodation in Newtown Powys varies from hotels to self catering. use the links to the left to browse all or use the search options in the menu above. Find great hotels in Newtown or a relaxing self catering short break. Newtown, Powys is a great holiday destination. Unfortunatly there is no tourist information centre in Newtown, the closest is Welshpool.
Newtown & Surrounding Area Highlights
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- The Hafren Small town theatre with big acts! from Al Murray to Opera
- Gregynog Hall Amazing history and 750 acres of ground, including Grade 1 listed formal gardens
- Pwll Penarth Wetland nature reserve managed by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
- Hafren Forest Walk to the source of the River Severn - or choose from numberous walks including waterfalls.
- Dolforwyn Castle Castle remains begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1273 & captured by the English in 1277
- Ceri Forest A coniferous forest which sits astride the Kerry Ridgeway