Mid Wales Town Tour by Rail - Day 2: Tuesday

Tuesday - In 1279, Edward I granted a charter to hold a market every Tuesday in Newtown; today we take another short trip on the train from Welshpool to visit Newtown.



Take the 09.52 train from Welshpool station; this is the Aberystwyth train but we will just be going to the next stop at Newtown; tickets from a machine on the platform or from the train conductor.

For journey notes - see Points of Interest Welshpool-Newtown

We arrive at Newtown at 10.06; exit the station by the footbridge.

Immediately in front of you and to your right are two tall buildings. The Pryce Jones Royal Welsh Warehouse was the world’s first mail order service depot based on Newtown’s woollen industry.

A brief tour of Newtown - leave your luggage, ideas for lunch and afternoon visits.

Cross over the road outside the station and follow the road/footpath for the town centre. Cross the main road at the lights and straight on; Market Street and then High Street on right, Oriel Davies Gallery on left by the bus station, also riverside walks and park. Continue past Argos; the road bends to the right and then the Elephant and Castle will be in front of you; drop off your luggage if you are staying here tonight.

From the hotel, turn right over the bridge and right at the roundabout for the Newtown Textile Museum. Left from the hotel for Broad Street with the street market, shops, café and Bear Lanes shopping centre. At the end of this street by the clock/Barclays Bank, left on the corner for tourist information and the Robert Owen Museum, straight ahead for more shops and cafes or right into High Street for the W H Smith Museum. Opposite here is the Newtown Market Hall

Welshpool/Y Trallwng railway station is on the Cambrian Line from Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth.

Welshpool Relief Rd, Welshpool, SY21 7AZ


Mid Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 2 - Welshpool to Newtown.

Welshpool Railway Station, Welshpool Relief Rd, Welshpool, SY21 7AZ


Newtown, known in Welsh as 'Y Drenewydd', is the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Founded at the end of the 13th century, Newtown boasts a rich industrial heritage, surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Powys, SY16 2BB



Plenty of time to have some lunch and consider the options for the afternoon including the light, bright modern Café at Oriel Davies Gallery - is a great place to eat, drink and meet friends. During the Summer months, the Café extends onto the terrace, allowing visitors to eat al fresco.


After lunch, time to visit:-

The Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts centre in the region. Open 10.00 to 17.00.

Newtown boasts three small museums: Robert Owen Museum, Newtown Textile Museum, and the W H Smith - a small museum traces the history of the company from its origins in London in 1752 to the present day. The shop itself has been restored to its original condition in 1927.

A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in Mid Wales showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.

The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ

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The exhibition looks at the process from fleece to flannel, it tells the history of the woollen industry in Newtown, the consequences for the town and its people and it includes other related industries such as tanning and clog-making.

5-7 Commercial Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BL

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Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. The Robert Owen Museum in Newtown, Powys houses a collection of objects, pictures and written material relating to the life of Robert Owen.

The Cross, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB

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Stroll along the banks of the River Severn (access at the side of the Elephant & Castle) or Dolerw Park (from the car park by the bus station). Enjoy dinner at the The Granary Restaurant or the restaurant at Elephant & Castle Hotel or one of the restaurants in and around the town.


Overnight stay at the Elephant & Castle on the banks of the River Severn - or at a local bed and breakfast.

The Elephant & Castle Hotel on the banks of the River Severn, is ideally located in the centre of Newtown. An 18th century Mid Wales coaching inn - the perfect base for both leisure or business traveller.

Hotel with 19 rooms


Other Itineraries

> Explore Mid Wales Days Out

> Heritage Railways

> Scenic Railway Day Trips

> Short Breaks by Train

> Short Breaks in Mid Wales

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