The building was originally six two-room cottages with 2 loom floors above. Each window had a loom. Now the cottages relate the woollen industry story

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The Textile Museum is situated at 5-7 Commercial Street in Newtown and will re-open on 23 April 2024.

The Textile Museum building is a fine example of a typical early 19th century weaving shop. Originally there were six back-to-back cottages on the two lower floors, with two loom floors running the length of the building above . The six cottages would have housed a family each. Over the years many of these families would have worked in the weaving shop on the two floors above, either as handloom weavers or with associated work.

The museum has one floor is dedicated to showing looms, spinning wheels and the processes involved in turning fleece into flannel. The top floor has exhibits of local businesses including Pryce Jones, one of the early pioneers in mail order. There are also displays of the businesses of the town over the centuries. The lower floors show recreated rooms, and further information on the history of the town and its people.

The Museum can provide a speaker to local groups, to talk about Hand-loom weaving and Newtown's boom and bust in the 1800s or similar topics.

2024 Exhibitions: : Braid Society 30th Anniversary Exhibition.  Also Sport and Leisure in Newtown 1875 - 1914

Small group tours are available in April and October as well as during the summer season.

Museum is on four floors. Some uneven floors and low headroom
Disability access is limited to ground floor, where some displays and an interactive display shows the story of the Museum.

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Guide Prices

Free but donations please as entirely a volunteer organisation and self-funded.

Group Tours of 15 or less:

Introductory talk and tour of the building £35
Introductory talk and tour of the building, plus a demonstration £75

For groups of over 15 people, £2 a head is charged for each additional person.



  • Accessible Toilet
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Free Entry


  • Children welcome


  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car: Limited free parking 1 hr on local streets. Town Car Park in Back Lane and Gravel car park with short walk over bridge and right at roundabout.

By public transport:  Buses to several destinations with bus stop in town centre. Sustrans cycle Route 81


Public Transport Directions

Accessible by public transport.  

Trains to Newtown as part of Transport for Wales. Station 0.5 miles 

Newtown Textile Museum


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

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Opening Times

Open for summer season (23 Apr 2024 - 28 Sept 2024)
Season (23 Apr 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)

* Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 - 4.00 from the 23 April until the end of September.
Check out website for full details
Keep an eye on our web page for updated information on reopening date. Small group tours are available in April and October as well as during the summer season.
Free demonstrations and paid workshop events during the summer.


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