Top things to do

Gardens in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Gregynog Hall

While Gregynog Hall has been here in some form for 800 years, its current mock-Tudor manifestation – notable as one of the first uses of concrete in modern construction – dates to 1840. It's now the 300-hectare Grad…
Gallery in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Oriel Davies Gallery

One of Wales' leading contemporary spaces hosting often edgy national and international exhibitions, Oriel Davies is the largest visual-arts venue in the region and offers a range of talks, courses and workshops. It…
Deli in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

High Street Delicatessen

Fantastic locally roasted coffee, homemade cakes, panini and soups, Welsh smallgoods and carefully chosen wines and beers are just for starters at this excellent, imaginative addition to Newtown's food landscape. Ba…
Museum in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Robert Owen Museum

Housed in Newtown's Edwardian library and council chambers, this sober museum is the best place to bone up on Robert Owen's legacy. The son of a saddler who became a successful cotton-mill owner, Owen introduced rad…
Ruins in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

St Mary's Old Parish Church

Dating from at least 1253, St Mary's was allowed to fall into ruin after a bigger church was built in 1856; it's now a public garden, thanks to the local cooperative union. It's also the peaceful, poignant site of b…
Museum in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

WH Smith Museum

Newtown's WH Smith bookshop has been lovingly restored to its original 1929 look, complete with wooden furniture, mirrors, signage and skylights. Upstairs is a free (but not always open) little company museum tellin…
Steak in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)


Scrubbed up in 2016, adding a 2nd-level cocktail bar, Mirrens still sources beef from local farmers who feed their Japanese Wagyu cattle with beer and treat them to the odd massage. Tapas is another speciality; the …
Market in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Market Hall

Dating to 1870, Newtown's handsome brick market hall has been extensively restored by the Mid-Wales Food and Land Trust. Run by Glanhafren ( meaning 'by the banks of the Severn'), it now houses stalls selling organi…
Market in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Street Market

Around 50 stalls selling food, trinkets and hardware line the centre of Newtown on Tuesday and Saturday from around 7am.
Museum in Newtown (Y Drenewydd)

Textile Museum

In former weavers' cottages and workshops, just north of the river, the Textile Museum has impressively recreated rooms to show what living conditions were like in the 1820s. Above the cottages are the workshops wit…