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An historic market town on the banks of the Severn

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Shropshire Hills AONB

Newtown sits at the heart of the rural county of Powys, in the historical area of Montgomeryshire. Spanning the River Severn, Newton is surrounded by the undulating hills and intriguing lowlands of the Welsh Marches. Early morning walks along the banks of the river give you the chance to spot a kingfisher dipping into the water and a lucky few may glimpse an otter peeking out of the water. 

Newtown is Powys’ largest and a flourishing and busy market town. Stay in one of our Newtown cottages and immerse yourself in its rich artistic and political history, at the birthplace of Robert Owen and the renowned Oriel Gallery.

Though called Newtown, the town actually originated as a market town in the 13th century and has held a weekly market since medieval times. It was famous for its woollen mills which came into operation during the 19th century and gained fame as the birthplace of the flannel. You can still visit the Old Flannel Exchange building though it is now an entertainment venue so you won’t be able to buy any toiletries there!

As well as the humble flannel, Newtown was also the birthplace of the mail order business where goods were dispatched around both Britain and overseas. Customers at the time included Florence Nightingale and Queen Victoria and this was the beginning of parcel post as we know it. More recently, in the last century, popular high street chain Laura Ashley set up their base there.

Powis Castle

The town centre is shadowed by the spectacular Severn Valley and is the perfect base to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside and nature reserves where you can enjoy a variety of wildlife as well as lovely long walks around the canal paths and the Severn Way. The Shropshire Hills AONB is also only 30 miles away.

A great way to spend an afternoon is a trip to Gregnog Hall and Gardens or head to Montgomery Castle, just over ten miles out of Newtown. You can park in the town square and walk up to the castle and drink in the wonderful views across the mountains. You can also park at the top of the hill if you can’t manage the climb.

“The town was home to Robert Owen, one of the most influential thinkers of his time…”

Take a trip on the Cambrian Coast Railway which offers amazing views including the Llyn Peninsula on a clear day. Dolforwyn Castle sits on the original site of the town and is slightly off the beaten track. It does have a steep climb but is worth it when you get up there.

There are various museums in the town including the Textile Museum and the Robert Owen Museum. Owen is known as one of the most influential thinkers of his time and a great social reformer. The museum is great for both adults and children alike. You won’t be stuck for somewhere to eat in Newtown – there are restaurants, pubs and cafes galore, offering local fish and chips as well as Thai and European cuisine.

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While you’re there

Powis Castle

One of the National Trust’s most beautiful castles, visit this warm red castle set in extensive beautiful parkland.

Newtown Textile Museum

Housed in a 19th century weaving shop, here you will find an insight into the history of Newtown's woollen industry since 1970.

Robert Owen Museum

Discover the story of one of the most influential names of the 1800's through a collection of memorabilia.

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