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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."

Newtown also offers a weekly free 5km timed run, known as Newtown parkrun. Pay-and-display car parks are available at Back Lane and Gravel Lane.


Saturday, 7th September 2024 - Sunday, 8th September 2024

Newtown Food FestivalNewtown Food Festival 2024The Newtown Food Festival is a treat for the whole family, providing a range of exhibitors, activities and much more. Entertainment within the Children’s Village will keep your little ones happy all weekend!
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  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Cash Point


  • Picnic site


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

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets
  • Telephone (public)

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.


Y Drenewydd | Newtown


Newtown, Powys, SY16 2BB

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Robert Owen Museum ExhibitionRobert Owen Memorial Museum, NewtownSmall museum dedicated to the life & work of Robert-Owen, 19th Century Social reformer and inspiration of the co-operative movement.

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.

Hafan Yr Afon Visitor & Community CentreHafan Yr Afon Visitor & Community Centre, NewtownThis new visitor and community centre is centrally located on the banks of the River Severn alongside Back Lane car park, and forms an attractive gateway to Newtown’s green and blue spaces.

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. 

Circular Walk 2 - Brimmon Wood & Kerry, Newtown

Circular Walk 1 - Ffrydd Farm and Penshwa Lane, Newtown

Circular Walk 3 - Fachwen Pool, NewtownStarting in the center of Newtown, this route follows the long distance Severn Way to the lake and returns via Penshwa Lane and Ffrydd Farm.

Circular Walk 4 - Neuadd Hendidley Farm, Newtown

Circular Walk 5 - Coed y Graig, NewtownRated as easy, this is a pub based walk that starts and finishes at the Waggon and Horses in Lower Canal Road, Newtown

Plas Dolerw | Bridge over the River Severn to Dolerw ParkWalking Newtown | Waterways and Town, NewtownThis 2.5 circular mile walk starts in the centre of Newtown and largely circles around the western boundaries of Newtown. It will take you along the River Severn and has some road and off-road walking.

Circular Walk 8 - Llanllwchaiarn Lollipop Walk, NewtownThe Llanllwchaiarn Lollipop Walk starts and finishes at the Town Clock at the intersection of Broad, High and Severn Streets. The walk is 4.3 miles and should take around 2 hours

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