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Newtown Powys

Newtown in Mid Wales

Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys (pop.13,000) and is situated on the banks of the River Severn.

The Robert Owen Museum, the Textile Museum, the WH Smith Museum and the Oriel Davies Gallery are all situated in the centre of town. On the outskirts of the town is Theatr Hafren, Coleg Powys and the local leisure centre.

Newtown provides the ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside. Nearby there are nature reserves, riverside walks, Montgomery Canal paths, the Severn Way, Dolforwyn Castle and Gregynog Hall & Gardens, a stunning country house built by Lord Davies of Llandinam.

Newtown was founded as a market town at the end of the 13th century and boasts a rich industrial heritage.

In the 19th century the Montgomeryshire Canal supplied the transport for the blossoming textile industry and 'Pryce-Jones established the world's first mail-order store; today the Pryce-Jones building is still the tallest in the town.

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

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 great social reformer and founder of the co-operative movement, Robert Owen, was born in Newtown in 1771.

Places to Stay in and around Newtown

The Elephant and Castle Hotel

Newtown (1 miles, 1 km)

Hotel with 19 rooms, £60-£140 prpnb

Dolforwyn Hall

Newtown (5 miles, 7 km)

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £40 pppnb

Luxury Caravan @ Goetre Retreat

Montgomery (4 miles, 7 km)

Small Holiday Park (SC) with 26 units, £340 pupw sleeps 2-6

Fraithwen Cottages

Newtown (7 miles, 11 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £75-£120 pupn sleeps 2-4

Penygelli Apartments

Newtown (2 miles, 3 km)

Serviced Apartments with 2 units, £75-£90 pupn sleeps 2

Brandy House Cottages

Knighton (8 miles, 12 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £295-£715 pupw sleeps 4-5

Brandy House Farm

Knighton (8 miles, 12 km)

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £49 pppnb

Porthouse Wood Cabins

Newtown (2 miles, 3 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £0-£400 pupw sleeps 2-4

PODcamping & Glamping @ Brandy House

Knighton (8 miles, 12 km)

Alternative Accommodation with 4 units, £40-£80 pupn sleeps 2

The Nags Head Inn

Montgomery (7 miles, 12 km)

Inn with 5 rooms, £50-£80 prpnb

Plas Dinam

Llandinam (5 miles, 8 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £4800 pupw sleeps 2-32

Highgate Cottages

Newtown (3 miles, 4 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £520-£720 pupw sleeps 6-8

Gregynog Garden Cottage

Newtown (4 miles, 7 km)

Self-catering with 1 unit, £220 pupn sleeps 2-12

Courtyard B & B @ Gregynog Hall

Newtown (4 miles, 7 km)

Guest Accommodation with 12 rooms, £62-£74 prpnb

Maesmawr Hall Hotel

Caersws (4 miles, 6 km)

Hotel with 20 rooms, £65-£175 prpnb

Gwernydd Hall Caravan Holiday Home Park

Newtown (7 miles, 11 km)

Holiday Home Park with 180 units

Lodges @ Maesmawr Farm Resort

Caersws (4 miles, 6 km)

Holiday Park with 12 units, £1200 pupw sleeps 2-6

Studio Pods & Safari Tents @ Maesmawr

Caersws (4 miles, 6 km)

Glamping with 8 units

Manor Farm Lodges

Newtown (4 miles, 7 km)

Self-catering with 2 units, £500 pupw sleeps 2-4

Poppies Guesthouse

Newtown (1 miles, 1 km)

Bed & Breakfast with 3 rooms, £45-£75 prpnb

Must See Castles, Country Houses & Gardens

Newtown benefits from a number of small local museums & galleries; the Robert Owen Museum, the Newtown Textile Museum, the WH Smith Museum and the Oriel Davies Gallery are all situated in the centre of town.

The area boasts a wealth of castles and country houses including Powis Castle & Gardens in Welshpool, Montgomery Castle, Dolforwyn Castle, Gregynog Hall & Gardens and Glansevern Hall & Gardens.

Newtown Powys

Newtown provides the ideal base to stay for a few days to relax, unwind and explore the surrounding countryside.

You'll find a variety of places to stay in Newtown and the surrounding area and local places to visit nearby include the nearby market towns of Welshpool, Montgomery and Llanidloes.

The small village of Berriew located mid way between Newtown and Welshpool includes Glansevern Hall Gardens and the Andrew Logan Museum (the celebrated performance artist/sculptor and originator of the Alternative Miss World, has a museum in nearby Berriew).

For adventure lovers you'll find a Championship Down-Hill Mountain Bike track at Caersws, Yamaha Off-Road Experience near Llanidloes, the Mid Wales Shooting Centre near Caersws and the Forest Rally Experience in Carno.

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