A Day Out - Newtown, Powys

A wonderful day out from the campsite to a nearby town.

NEWTOWN - 27 miles.  Newtown / Y Drenewydd is one of the largest town in Powys and is situated on the banks of the River Severn. Newtown, Powys is a classic example of a market town built on the back of the textiles industry and the Industrial Revolution.  Despite its 13th century origins, Newtown came to prominence in the 19th century when the Montgomeryshire Canal supplied the transportation methods for the blossoming textile industry. Through Robert Owen, who was born on Broad Street in 1771, Newtown is proudly remembered as the birth place of the co-operative movement. Owen was one of the most important social reformers in the world, spreading his ideas for a more equal society both in Britain and America where he argued that industry had a responsibility to its workers.  Later in the 19th century Newtown also give birth to the world’s first mail–order store, the Pryce-Jones building, still the tallest in the town.  River & canal walks and cycle trails, cinema, leisure centre, bowling alley, a market hall, town centre shops and cafes, places to eat and much much more, including;

  • Robert Owen Museum.  Robert Owen was one of the most influential thinkers and social reformers of his time. The 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
  • Newtown Textile Museum.  The exhibition looks at the process from wool to yarn, 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
  • Oriel Davies Gallery.  A contemporary art gallery in the heart of Wales. Oriel Davies Gallery is the largest and most significant visual arts venue in the region, and a key gallery of Wales, showing groundbreaking national and international art and craft.  The Park, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NZ
  • Pwll Penarth Nature Reserve.  A wetland nature reserve managed by the Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Severn Trent Water, lies between a bend in the river and the derelict Montgomery Canal. Llanllwchaiarn, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3BA
  • Dolforwyn Castle.  The remains of this castle, begun by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd ('the Last') in 1273 and captured by the English in 1277, have been revealed by excavations. Dogs Welcome. (A483) Abermule, SY15 6JJ
  • Gregynog Hall.  Situated far from any city yet at the heart of Welsh history, art and politics.  A hall over-flowing with fine art, antique furniture, musical instruments and a unique history, a 750 acre estate designated as a National Nature Reserve with ancient woodlands and Grade 1 listed gardens. 4 miles north-west of Newtown. Tregynon, Newtown SY16 3PL.


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From the campsite - head towards Llangurig on the A470, at the roundabout head towards Llanidloes, at the roundabout head towards Newtown.