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Discover the Charm of Newtown, Mid Wales - An Ideal Base for Exploring Mid Wales

Newtown, also known as 'Y Drenewydd' in Welsh, is the largest town in Powys, with a population of 13,000. Nestled in the heart of Mid Wales, this charming town is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and explore the surrounding countryside. Surrounded by hills visible in every direction, Newtown is an all-weather destination for visitors.

Established as a market town in the 13th century, the town centre boasts a conservation area with a rich variety of historic buildings, including the renovated Victorian Market Hall, the picturesque ruins of St Mary’s Church, and the remains of a medieval motte and bailey. Newtown also offers excellent facilities for families, including a brand-new premier playpark, a mountain bike trail, and a BMX pump track within walking distance of the town centre.

For shoppers, Newtown is a journey of discovery, with many small independent retailers and a charter street market held every Tuesday in the town centre. Dolerw Park, a large park adjacent to the River Severn that meanders through the town, is accessible from the Back Lane Car Park.

Newtown is also home to a number of museums and galleries, including the Robert Owen Museum, Newtown Textile Museum, WH Smith Museum, and the Oriel Davis Gallery, all located in the town centre. The Hafren theatre, NPTC College, and local sports facilities are located on the outskirts of town.

Newtown has a rich industrial heritage and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. Visitors can explore the Severn Valley countryside, nature reserves, Montgomery Canal, the Severn Way, Dolforwyn Castle, and Gregynog Hall & Gardens.

The town's prominence in the 19th century was due to the Montgomeryshire Canal, which supplied transport for the blossoming textile industry. Newtown was also the birthplace of the world's first mail-order store. The town's textile industry was revived in the 20th century with the establishment of Laura Ashley's home furnishing and clothing company.

Newtown is best known as the birthplace of Robert Owen, Britain's first socialist. Visitors can see his epitaph in the churchyard of the abandoned St Mary's Church, which 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."

Events in Newtown include a weekly 5km timed run, known as Newtown parkrun, Newtown Food Festival and 10K Marathon Run as well as numerous community events held in and around the town.

Pay-and-display car parks are available at Back Lane and Gravel Lane.

Events

Saturday, 22nd June 2024 - Saturday, 22nd June 2024

Rotary Across Wales Walk 2024Rotary Across Wales Walk 2024The Rotary Clubs of Llanidloes, Machynlleth and Newtown join together to organise this very popular Mid Wales walk for people to enjoy and also to facilitate the raising of charitable funds:
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Facilities

Parking

  • EV Charging - Tesco Superstore Aldi Store
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

 A458 from Shrewsbury to Welshpool; then A483.

 

Public Transport Directions

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

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.

 

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Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB

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Newtown Bus Station, NewtownNewtown bus station is located off Back Lane (opposite Argos) with services to Shrewsbury, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Welshpool, Llandrindod Wells, Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Birmingham and London.

Newtown Tourist Information Centre, NewtownThe Local Tourist Information Centre in Newtown is located in the Robert Owen Resource Centre. The Cross, Broad Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB.

Walking NewtownWalking Newtown, NewtownWalking Newtown have developed a series of walks in and around the Newtown area. The walks are all graded and vary from easy to strenuous, town trails, short strolls and accessible trails. 

What's Nearby

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  2. Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales with an…

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  3. This new visitor and community centre is centrally located on the banks of the River…

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  4. Dolerw Park in Newtown is a large 'green space' adjacent to the River Severn which…

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  1. The Museum looks at the woollen industry, including looms and spinning wheels, and it's…

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  2. Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve

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  3. Cmw Weeg is a magical place with 3 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding a medieval…

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  4. Named the Wildlife Experience of the Year at the Wales Prestige Awards 2022-23, Falconry…

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  5. Discover Dolforwyn Castle, an ancient fortress nestled on a picturesque ridge above the…

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  6. Sunflower Field & Maize Maze with a woodland wander.

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  7. Gregynog Hall is an ancient house with a Victorian face. Once a landed estate, now a…

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  8. Ceri Forest is a coniferous forest which sits astride the Kerry Ridgeway in the uplands…

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  10. “The nicest and friendliest Museum in the UK” - visitor
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  11. Situated on Town Hill overlooking Montgomery and is visible for many miles in all…

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  12. The Old Bell, a 16th century inn, has been converted into a local history museum by…

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