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Newtown Textile Museum

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Visitors to the Newtown Textile Museum have a chance to step into the lives of the handloom weavers of the mid 19th century.

The museum is housed in a former handloom weaving factory which dates from the 1830s.

The looms are located on the upper two floors above six small houses below.

This is typical of an early 19th-century weaving shop, although only a few now remain in Newtown.

© Newtown Textile Museum

In the former houses, visitors will see exhibits covering Newtown's development into a centre of industry.

On the upper floors, the spinning wheels and looms illustrate the story of how cloth was created from fleece to flannel.

The museum also features information about related industries and tells the stories of local characters such as Pryce Jones who pioneered mail-order in the 1870s, with customers including Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.

© Newtown Textile Museum
© Newtown Textile Museum

Visitors to the museum will also see exhibits of more modern wool crafts.

You may also see one of the expert demonstrations of spinning, weaving and quilt-making which run at intervals during the summer season.

Thanks to a recent grant, the museum now offers visitors the chance to try their hand at some of these crafts.

© Newtown Textile Museum

Newtown Textile Museum was established in the late 60s on the top two floors of the current building and didn't expand into the houses below until the 1990s.

Having been run by Powys Council for many years, it returned to being a charity in 2016 and is now run by local volunteers.

General Information

  • Free entry (donations sought)
  • Disabled access to ground floor only
  • Interactive audio-visual tour on the ground floor in Welsh and English
  • Video footage of spinning and weaving processes
  • Car parks and on-street parking are available nearby


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May to end September:

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 12:00 to 16:00.


Admission Charges

(2021 prices)

 Free Entry - (Donations appreciated)


By Car:  1 Hour free parking in nearby streets, or choice of three car paid car parks nearby:  Back Lane, Ladywell Street or Gravel Car Park.

By Bus:  Bus station in Back Lane Car Park.

By Train:  Newtown station is a 15 minute walk from the museum.

Newtown Textile Museum Postcode for SatNav: SY16 2BL


+44 (0)1686 622 024

5-7 Commercial Street
SY16 2BL

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