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Newtown | River Severn

Newtown | River Severn

Newtown | River Severn


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Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys (pop.13,000). The town lies on the upper reaches of the River Severn in Mid Wales and provides the ideal base to stay for a few days to relax, unwind and explore the surrounding countryside.Hills are visible in every direction the the town is a great place to visit whatever the weather.

Founded as a market town at the end of the 13th century, the town centre is a conservation area because of the rich variety of historic buildings, including the renovated Victorian Market Hall, the picturesque ruins of St Mary’s Church and the mysterious remains of a medieval motte and bailey.

The town has good facilities for families and visitors which include a brand new town center premier playpark for 0-14 year olds, a Mountain Bike Trail and a BMX Pump Track within walking distance from the town centre. Shopping in Newtown is a journey of discovery, with a large number of small independent retailers and a charter street market held in the town centre every Tuesday.

Dolerw Park is a large park in the town centre adjacent to the River Severn that meanders through the town. The park is accessible from the Back Lane Car Park.

Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. There are a number of museums and galleries to visit in the town including the Robert Owen Museum, Newtown Textile Museum, WH Smith Museum and the Oriel Davis Gallery are all situated in the centre of town.

On the outskirts of the town is The Hafren theatre, NPTC College and local sports facilities. Newtown provides the ideal base to explore the Severn Valley countryside. Nearby there are nature reserves, Montgomery Canal, the Severn Way, Dolforwyn Castle and Gregynog Hall & Gardens.

Despite its 13th century origins, Newtown came to prominence in the 19th century when the Montgomeryshire Canal supplied the transport for the blossoming textile industry. Later in the 19th century Newtown would also give birth to the world's first mail-order store; the Pryce-Jones building is still the tallest in the town. Amongst Pryce-Jones' customers were Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale. It is believed that the parcel post in Britain was started as a result of a suggestion made by Pryce Jones to the Postmaster General.

The town’s connection with the textile industry was revived in the 20th century when businesswoman Laura Ashley established her home furnishing and clothing company in the area.

The town is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Robert Owen in 1771. Known as Britain's first Socialist, he was born over a saddler's shop in Broad Street, Newtown. At the age of ten he began work in the town's flourishing textiles industry, and worked his way up. He became a self-made man, eventually running and owning some of the largest textile factories in Britain. Robert Owen is recognised for having sowed the seeds of socialism long before Karl Marx.

The epitaph on Robert Owen's gravestone in the churchyard of the abandoned St Mary's Church in Newtown sums up his philosophy:
"It is the one great and universal interest of the human race to be cordially united and to aid each other to the full extent of their capacities"

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Accepts groups

Mobility Accessibility Facilities

Pay & Display Car Parks: Back Lane SY16 2NH - long stay; Gravel Lane SY16 1AA - long stsy.


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Location and nearby places


Plan route to Y Drenewydd |  Newtown using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SO 108916  Lat: 52.51512 Long: -3.31512


BY TRAIN: Newtown railway station is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. There is parking at the station and taxis are available in the town centre

BY BUS: Newtown bus station is located in the town centre off Back Lane (opposite Argos) with services from/to Shrewsbury, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Birmingham and London.

BY CAR: A458 from Shrewsbury to Welshpool; then A483.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Newtown station


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities

Pay & Display Car Parks: Back Lane SY16 2NH - long stay; Gravel Lane SY16 1AA - long stsy.

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